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Noun: Whodunit  (hoo-DUN-it) Definition: A detective story or mystery story. Sample sentence: Betsy packed a great whodunit and a couple of romance novels to read at the beach.

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If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more??

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Verb: Scroop  (SKROOP) Definition: 1. To emit a harsh, grating sound. 2. A scrooping sound. 3. Ability to make a rustling sound added to silk or rayon fabrics during finishing by treating them with certain acids. Sample sentence: I need to oil the hinges on the gate or it will continue to scroop every time […]

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When the world says “give up” hope whispers “try one more time.”

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Adjective: Hidebound  (HAHYD-bound) Definition: 1. Narrow and rigid in opinion: inflexible. 2. Oriented toward or confined to the past: extremely conservative. 3. Having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide (such as in animals.) Sample sentence: Although the students tried to get their music teacher to allow them to play more modern music, […]

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The fact that jellyfish have survived for 650 million years despite not having brains gives hope to many people.

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Adverb: Askance  (uh-SKANSS) Definition: 1. With a side-glance: obliquely. 2. With disapproval or distrust: scornfully. Sample sentence: Rebecca’s children looked askance at her when she suggested they turn off their electronic devices and go play outside in the nice weather.

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If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you will have.

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One day your heart will stop beating, and none of your fears will matter. What will matter is how you lived.

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Noun: Bibliomania  (bib-lee-oh-MEY-nee-uh) Definition: Excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books. Sample sentence: My aunt’s bibliomania is very obvious when you step into her home and find floor to ceiling bookcases in almost every room, and every one of them is full.

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