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Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.

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Verb: Grok  (grok) Definition: 1. To understand thoroughly or intuitively. 2. To communicate sympathetically. Sample sentence: Grandma and Grandpa don’t exactly grok how we do things now days, but they try their best to give advice.

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When it’s after 2 a.m., just go to sleep. The decisions you make after 2 a.m. are usually the wrong ones. Things are always more clear in the morning light.

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Adjective: Vaunted  (VAWN-tud) Definition: Highly or widely praised or boasted about. Sample sentence: We were able to overcome our opponents’ vaunted defense and achieve an upset victory which will take us to the finals.

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An optimist would say the glass is half full. A pessimist would say it is half empty. A third point of view is that the glass is full: half with water and half with air.

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Noun: Epenthesis  (ih-PEN-thuh-sis) Definition: The insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of the word. Sample sentence: When Yogi Bear talks about swiping “pick-a-nik” baskets, it sounds as if he’s just having fun,  but he’s also demonstrating epenthesis, inserting a vowel to avoid the consonants bumping up against each other.

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Sometimes you have to shut up, swallow your pride and accept that you’re wrong. It’s not giving up. It’s called growing up.

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Verb: Sclaff   (SKLAF) Definition: To scrape the ground instead of hitting the ball cleanly on a golf stroke. Sample sentence: As soon as the ball went into the sand, Ron knew he would have to sclaff around a bit to get it out.

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One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, or one leap of faith, can change your life forever.

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Verb: Chivy  (CHIV-ee) Definition: 1. To tease or annoy with persistent petty attacks. 2. To move or obtain by small maneuvers. Sample sentence: Sue watched her little brother as he tried to chivy an olive from the jar with his fingers.

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