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Researchers at Britain’s Roehampton University questioned 1,068 men and women about their eating and sleeping habits as well as how they rated their levels of happiness, anxiety and their physical health and weight. The results suggest that early birds are slimmer, healthier and happier than people who stay up later and get up later. Other […]

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Noun: Exodus (EK-suh-dus) Definition: 1. The mainly narrative second book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture 2. A mass departure: emigration Sample sentence: When the concert ended, the exodus of attendees clogged up traffic for miles.

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Yoga is no substitute for the more vigorous exercise which many people with diabetes need in order to lose weight, but a new study suggests that it may offer some of its own benefits. The findings showed that yoga classes (when added to standard diabetes care) helped study participants pare a few pounds and also […]

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Adjective: Conversant (kun-VER-sunt) Definition: Having knowledge or experience. Sample sentence: The software firm advertised for programmers who are conversant with the latest technologies and languages and who have at least 3 years of job-related experience.

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Pop quiz: What do apples, pears, cucumbers and cauliflower have in common? Answer: The edible parts of all of them are white. And these fruits and vegetables have now been identified as foods that may dramatically lower the risk of stroke. This news comes from a decade long Dutch study that involved more than 20,000 […]

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Noun: Broadside (BRAWD-syde) Definition: 1. A sheet of paper printed usually on one side (as an advertisement) 2. All the guns on one side of a ship; also, their simultaneous discharge 3. A volley of abuse or denunciation : a strongly worded attack Sample sentence: The intern was surprised when her supervisor answered her simple […]

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We all know that laughing makes us feel good, but research has never shown exactly how this happens or how laughter fights pain, which it definitely can. An interesting investigation from England has demonstrated that the physical act of laughing – the actual muscle contractions involved – lead to the release of “feel good” endorphins, […]

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Adjective: Aesopian (ee-SOH-pee-un) Definition: 1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Aesop or his fables. 2. Conveying an innocent meaning to an outsider but a hidden meaning to a member of a conspiracy or underground movement. Sample sentence: What sounded like a friendly greeting from Jerome was in fact Aesopian code warning his partner, who […]

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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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