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Noun: Gaffer  (GAF-er) Definition: 1. Old man. 2. Foreman or overseer. 3. Employer. 4. A head glassblower. 5. A lighting electrician on a motion-picture or television set. Sample sentence: Before the first day of shooting, the gaffer spent several days setting up all the lights.

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You may have read the health alert about the sneaky heart attack signs all women should be aware of. Didn’t catch it? Here’s the rundown: A recent study found that one in five women under age 55 doesn’t experience chest pain when she’s having a heart attack, so it’s important to know the less obvious […]

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  Noun: Chinoiserie  (sheen-wah-zuh- REE) Definition: A style of art, as in decoration, reflecting Chinese qualities or motifs. Also, an object or decoration in this style. Sample sentence: We admired our host’s daring taste in home decor, which combined spare modern with chinoiserie.  

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to limit the size of sodas sold in his city was nixed by a judge (a court challenge is in the works), but now researchers from Britain’s Oxford University and the University of Reading have come up with a plan they think can help stem the obesity epidemic in […]

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Verb: Wangle  (WANG-gul) Definition: 1. To resort to trickery or devious methods. 2. To adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends. 3. To make or get by fraudulent means: finagle. Sample sentence: Somehow Irene managed to wangle front row seats and back-stage passes for the concert.

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Here’s more evidence that taking good care of your teeth and gums benefits your heart. Investigators from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that improving gum health can actually help slow the development of atherosclerosis – the build-up of cholesterol rich plaque along artery walls that can lead to heart attacks and stroke. […]

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Noun: Belfry  (BEL-free) Definition: 1. A bell tower, especially one surmounting or attached to another structure. 2. A room or framework for enclosing a bell. 3. Head. Sample sentence: Our Aunt Sadie was a little bit ditsy and we always said she had bats in her belfry.

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The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. Your health care provider can give you a test within the first few days of your illness to determine whether or not you have the flu. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. […]

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Adjective: Nonchalant  (Nahn-shuh-LHNT) Definition: Having an air of easy unconcern or indifference. Sample sentence: The most experienced public speakers are able to address the audiences with a nonchalant ease.

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Here are some great reasons to enjoy yogurt. It’s creamy smooth, packed with flavor — and just may be the wonder food you’ve been craving. Research suggests that that humble carton of yogurt may help prevent osteoporosis, reduce your risk of high blood pressure, and aid gastrointestinal conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and constipation. Ready […]

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