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Due to the sedentary nature of modern life, it is quite common to accumulate excess fat around ones midsection.  As unattractive as it looks, and as uncomfortable as it makes one feel at the beach, excess fat in the abdomen also poses serious health risks.  The keys to shedding that paunch are raising your metabolism, […]

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Adjective:  Efficacious  (ef-uh-KAY-shus) Definition:  Having the power to produce a desired effect. Sample sentence:  Pam knew that the most efficacious remedy for her cold would be a steaming bowl of her grandmother’s chicken soup.

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When you spray with insecticides, the labels always warn you not to get the liquid on your skin. But they don’t mention that your clothes can make a difference in the absorption factor. Here’s proof: The chemistry department at Texas Southern University bought just about every brand of insecticide in the hardware store, and checked […]

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Noun:  Lexicographer   (lek-suh-KAH-gruh-fer) Definition:  An author or editor of a dictionary The great lexicographer Noah Webster, who wrote the first authoritative dictionary of American English, was born on October 16, 1758.

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The pomegranate fruit has become an increasingly popular fruit. Although this fruit has been consumed as far back as the days of the ancient Greeks the popularity of the pomegranate has just really became evident. This fruit has been featured pretty regularly for its numerous health benefits being spotlighted quite frequently in such products as […]

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Noun:  Clew  (KLOO) Definition: 1.  A ball of thread, yarn or cord 2.  Clue 3.  A lower corner or metal hoop at the lower corner of a sail Sample sentence:  The kitten had a great time with a clew stolen out of my knitting basket.

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Eyesight degeneration is something that naturally happens to everyone during the process of aging. Prescription or over-the-counter treatments can help slow or remedy this process and laser eye surgery has been increasing in popularity recently but there are less expensive ways to prevent or even reverse sight loss. Refocusing your eyes at regular intervals, wearing […]

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Noun:  Mumblety-peg  (MUM-bul-tee-peg) Definition:  A game in which players try to flip a knife from various positions so that the blade will stick in the ground. Sample sentence:  When the boys felt they had outgrown marbles, they switched to mumblety-peg, which they played in the dirt parking lot behind the local ball field.

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Basil is an herb that is a part of the mint family. It is considered to be the King of Herbs”, and this rightfully so as basil translates to king in Greek. It closely resembles peppermint in appearance. It is characterized by silky, green pointed leaves which are accented with white flowers. It is characterized […]

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Adverb: Mutatis Mutandis (myoo-TAH-tis-myoo-TAHN-dis) Definition: 1. With the necessary changes having been made 2. With the respective differences having been considered Sample sentence: The points that the author of the study makes about the town’s roads and bridges also apply, mutatis mutandis, to its schools and municipal buildings.

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