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So many of us are unsatisfied with the body we were born with, leading to a poor self image, lack of confidence and a whole lot of unnecessary unhappiness. Teens are particularly vulnerable to this syndrome. Let me tell you, I have yet to meet an ugly human being, with the exception of people who […]

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Noun: Hendiadys (hen-DYE-uh-dis) Definition: The expression of an idea by the use of usually two independent words connected by the word and: nice and warm Sample sentence: The hendiadys “good and loud” appears in many reviews of the concert.

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Once thought of as vices, some simple indulgences can actually be good for you. Experts have known for years that dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure and deliver heart-healthy antioxidants. Newer research shows the sweet stuff may even help fight “bad” cholesterol and boost your brainpower. Feel free to enjoy an ounce a day. […]

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Noun: Sop (SAHP) Definition: A conciliatory or propitiatory bribe, gift, or gesture. Sample sentence: The contractor offered higher priced bathroom fixtures at no extra cost as a sop to the homeowner, who was threatening to cancel the contract.

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In June of this year, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrated that watching two or more hours of television daily raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and now a report from Australia has calculated how many years a daily TV viewing habit can shave off life expectancy. […]

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Adjective: Languid (LANG-gwid) Definition: 1. Drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion: weak 2. Sluggish in character or disposition: listless 3. Lacking force or quickness of movement: slow Sample sentence: The trial proceeded at a languid pace as each attorney called up a whole roster of witnesses to testify.

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Dried plums, also called prunes, seem to be really good for bones. Researchers from Florida State and Oklahoma State universities tested two fruits, dried plums and dried apples, on two groups of postmenopausal women. For a year, one group of 55 women ate about 10 prunes per day while a second group of 45 women […]

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Noun: Cockaigne (kah-KAYN) Definition: An imaginary land of great luxury and ease Sample sentence: Located on a secluded white sandy beach, the resort, with its many amenities, including a first-class luxury spa, is like a utopian cockaigne.

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Did you know that eating potatoes can help lower your blood pressure? Of course, the potatoes in question can’t be French fries or chips or loaded with butter, cheese or all the other high calorie trimmings that sometimes come with spuds. But if you’re partial to potatoes and enjoy eating them steamed or boiled, in […]

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Adverb: Widdershins (WID-er-shinz) Definition: In a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction : counterclockwise Sample sentence: We turned right out of the gates and walked the exterior perimeter of the gardens slowly before turning around and walking it again widdershins.

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