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Verb: Allege  (uh-LEJ) Definition: 1. To assert without proof or before proving. 2. To bring forward as a reason or excuse. Sample sentence: I allege my husband is eating the candy canes off the tree, one at a time, thinking I won’t notice.

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Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.

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Noun: Calumny  (KAL-um-nee) Definition: 1. A misrepresentation intended to harm another’s reputation. 2. The act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another’s reputation. Sample sentence: The notion that the mayor knew about the problem before the newspaper broke the story is nothing but calumny.

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The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.

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Noun: Greenmail  (GREEN-mail) Definition: The practice of buying enough of a company’s stock to threaten a hostile takeover and reselling it to the company at a price above market value; also, the money paid for such stock. Sample sentence: In an astonishing act of greenmail, the investor bought up all available shares of the company […]

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Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

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Noun: Lummox  (LUH-muks) Definition: A clumsy person. Sample sentence: That player is a lummox in the outfield, with three errors just this week.

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This should be on your “to do” list for today: 1, Count your blessings. 2. Practice kindness. 3. Let go of what you can’t control. 4. Listen to your heart. 5. Be productive, yet calm. 6. Just breathe.

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Verb: Deride  (dih-RYDE) Definition: 1. To laugh at contemptuously. 2. To subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule. Sample sentence: Although his classmates would often deride him for his insistence that he would be a millionaire by the age of 25, Bill achieved his goal when his Internet start-up went public.

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Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.

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