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Noun: Mettle (MET-ul) Definition: 1 a. Vigor and strength in spirit or temperament b. Staying quality: stamina 2 Quality of temperament or disposition Sample sentence: The tractor had proved its mettle, lasting for over four generations, but I knew that it was high time to restore it and use it for just for show.

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It’s easy to tell your family what to do. But, it’s even better to show them what to do and how to do it. Start the fall off with healthy habits. Eat healthy, be active, get check-ups, get appropriate vaccinations (including flu), be smoke-free, manage stress, wear seat belts, wash hands, wear helmets, and more. […]

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Adjective: Precatory (PREK-uh-tor-ee) Definition: Expressing a wish Sample sentence: Mr. Tyler’s will included a precatory provision that his grand piano be restored and donated to a music school.

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We know cranberry sauce as a staple at the holidays, but cranberries are a superfood that you should enjoy all year round. Cranberries have vitamin C and fiber, and are only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries. One […]

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Noun: Quid pro quo (kwid-proh-KWOH) Definition: Something given or received for something else Sample sentence: There is always quid pro quo happening here at work because no one does something for nothing.

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Jack-o’-lanterns are the symbol of Halloween. But don’t overlook pumpkins as a source of nutrition. Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin A and fiber, and low in calories. So don’t just buy canned pumpkin for pie; keep it in the pantry to whip up some quick, homemade pumpkin recipes like pumpkin muffins, pumpkin ravioli, or pumpkin […]

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Adjective: Colloquial (kuh-LOH-kwee-ul) Definition: 1. Of or relating to conversation : conversational 2 a. Used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation; also : unacceptably informal 2 b. Using conversational style Sample sentence: Molly can switch from formal academic language to a charmingly colloquial style, depending on the audience and subject of her writing.

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Make sure the first day of school for your child (or yourself) is a healthy day. Start by preparing in advance. It is good to have all supplies needed already packed into the backpack. Don’t wait for the first day of school. Some schools provide a list of supplies ahead of time’ Don’t forget a […]

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Noun: Whirligig (WER-lih-gig) Definition: 1. A child’s toy having a whirling motion 2. a. One that continuously whirls or changes b. A whirling or circling course (as of events) Sample sentence: Sam was spinning in a financial whirligig; the more he earned the more he spent as he plunged deeper and deeper into debt.

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When you choose a backpack for your child as he or she heads back to school, it is important to look for more than just color and style. Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. For that first day of school, pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of […]

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