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Noun: Coffle (KAW-ful) Definition: A line of slaves or animals fastened together. The dog walker had her hands full with the coffle of pedigree pooches pulling in many directions as she navigated through the park.

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Tomato is a superstar in the fruit and veggie pantheon. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter. They’re also rich in vitamin C. The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pasta, soups and casseroles, as well as in salads. The British Thoracic Society says that tomatoes and apples […]

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Noun: Lucubration (loo-kyuh-BRAY-shun) Definition: Laborious or intensive study; also, the product of such study, usually used in plural. Sample sentence: The historical archives include handwritten lucubrations from Benjamin Franklin himself.

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Hot, spicy foods containing chillies or cayenne pepper trigger endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Endorphins have a powerful, almost narcotic, effect and make you feel good after exercising. But go easy on the lamb, pork and mutton and the high-fat, creamy dishes served in many Indian restaurants.

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Adverb or Preposition: Betwixt (bih-TWIKST) Definition: Between Sample sentence: To quote an old nursery rhyme, “Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean; and so betwixt the two of them, they licked the platter clean.”

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Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries contain plant nutrients known as anthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants. Blueberries rival grapes in concentrations of resveratrol – the antioxidant compound found in red wine that has assumed near mythological proportions. Resveratrol is believed to help protect against heart disease and cancer.

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Verb: Incarcerate (in-KAHR-suh-rayt) Definition: 1. To put in prison. 2. To subject to confinement. Sample sentence: Because the accused man presented a serious threat to society, the judge ruled it best to refuse bond and incarerate him while he awaited trial.

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Get your daily calcium by popping a tab, chugging milk or eating yoghurt. It’ll keep your bones strong. Remember that your bone density declines after the age of 30. You need at least 200 milligrams daily, which you should combine with magnesium, or it simply won’t be absorbed.

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Garlic, onions, spring onions and leeks all contain stuff that’s good for you. A study at the Child’s Health Institute in Cape Town found that eating raw garlic helped fight serious childhood infections. Heat destroys these properties, so eat yours raw, wash it down with fruit juice or, if you’re a sissy, have it in […]

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Noun: Cat’s-paw (KATS-paw) Definition: 1. A light air that ruffles the surface of the water in irregular patches during a calm. 2. One used by another as a tool: dupe. 3. A hitch knot formed with two eyes for attaching a line to a hook. Sample sentence: A good fisherman should know how to make […]

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