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Noun: Chirography  (kye-RAH-gruh-fee) Definition: 1: Handwriting, penmanship. 2: Calligraphy. Example sentence: The art of chirography seems to be a dying art, since most schools no longer focus on teaching cursive writing.

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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

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Noun: Hebetude  (HEB-ih-tood) Definition: State of being dull; lethargy. Example sentence: The latest snap of cold weather has been enough to make me experience hebetude and I am now in hibernation mode.

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Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.

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Noun: Mugwump  (MUG-wump) Definition: 1: A bolter from the Republican party in 1884. 2: A person who is independent (as in politics) or who remains undecided or neutral. Example sentence: Woodrow Wilson was a mugwump, reacting negatively to the new, industrialist class, but maintaining a strong belief in the triumph of American ideals and progress.

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Once lived, the past has very little value. And yet we carry its lifeless body into all future moments, allowing it to crush us with its weight, to identify us, and to speak for us. It’s time to let go of the past.

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Verb: Bogart  (BOH-gahrt) Definition: 1: Bully, intimidate. 2: To use or consume without sharing. Example sentence: The oldest sister decided to bogart the ice cream, ignoring her younger siblings’ pleas for her to share.

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We are not given a good life or a bad life. We are given a life. It’s up to us to make it good or bad.

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Noun: Dross  (DRAHSS) Definition: 1: The scum that forms on the surface of molten metal. 2: Waste or foreign matter: impurity. 3: Something that is base, trivial, or inferior. Example sentence: It takes some patience to wade through the dross of verbiage for the nuggets of wit and wisdom in the author’s latest book, but they’re there.

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Ships don’t sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.

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