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Verb: Decimate  (DESS-uh-mayt) Definition: 1. To select by lot and kill every tenth man of a group. 2. To exact a tax of 10 percent from. 3. To reduce drastically, especially in number. 4. To cause great destruction or harm to. Sample sentence: Budget cuts threaten to decimate many public services throughout the state.  

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Adjective: Persnickety  (per-SNIK-uh-tee) Definition: 1. Fussy about small details. 2. Having the characteristics of a snob. 3. Requiring great precision. Sample sentence: I love my friend Emma, but I also know how persnickety she can be, so I removed the grocery store cake from its plastic container and brought it to her party on a […]

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Brown rice is a whole grain, and part of any healthy diet. The next time you sit down to eat a meal that includes rice, whether cooked at home or at a restaurant, try substituting brown rice for common white rice for a nutritious boost.

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Noun: Verbiage  (VER-bee-ij) Definition: 1. A profusion of words usually of little or obscure content. 2. Manner of expressing oneself in words: diction. Sample sentence: The newspaper editor said that he would have to reduce the verbiage of Earl’s letter before he could publish it.

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When you can, choose red potatoes over common russet or Idaho potatoes. While all potatoes sport some health benefits, the tiny red potato is high in fiber and antioxidants, low in fat and calories, and boasts a healthy boost of nutrients such as Vitamin C and potassium in every serving.

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Adjective: Surd  (SERD) Definition: 1. Lacking sense: irrational 2. Voiceless: used in speech sounds Sample sentence: The artist is known for creating videos in which well-known speeches with surd utterances scattered throughout are recited by everyday people.

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Cigarette smoking makes your skin age prematurely, destroying the collagen and using up your skin’s Vitamin C. To keep your skin healthy and glowing, consider kicking the smoking habit.

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Verb: Mirandize  (muh-RAN-dyze) Definition: To recite the Miranda warnings to a person under arrest. Sample sentence: In accordance with police procedures, the officers had to Mirandize the suspect to make sure that he was aware of his rights.

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Did you know blueberries are at the top of everyone’s “best-foods-to-eat” list? Blueberries have fiber, Vitamin C, and lots of other good nutrients. Other foods that are good for you include fruits and vegetables, ginger, curry powder, olive oil, grapes, garlic, celery, tomatoes, eggplant, and tea.

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Noun: Nepenthe  ( nuh-PENTH-ee) Definition: 1. A potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow. 2. Something capable of causing oblivion of grief of suffering. Sample sentence: The death of her father bothered her so much that Sarah looked to alcohol as a nepenthe for a number of weeks.

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