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Adjective: Umpteen  (UMP-teen) Definition: Very many: indefinitely numerous. Sample sentence: By midmorning, Ellie had already phoned her sister umpteen times.

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Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.

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Noun: Schism  (SKIZ-uhm) Definition: 1. Division or disunion, especially into mutually opposed parties. 2. The parties so formed. Sample sentence: Already the students were lining up into two groups that would define the great schism among postwar American intellectuals.

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Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.

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Adjective: Tatterdemalion  (tat-er-dih-MEYL-yuhn) Definition: 1. Ragged; unkempt or dilapidated. 2. A person in tattered clothing: a shabby person. Sample sentence: He seemed to fit the tatterdemalion apartment perfectly, with his dark clothes threadbare, his beard unkempt, and his shoes cracked.

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Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there.

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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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