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Adjective: Utile (YOO-tul) Definition: Useful Sample sentence: Shaker crafts are simple, meticulously constructed, pleasing to the eye, and eminently utile, all at the same time.

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Certain trigger points — spots of tension in musculoskeletal tissue — can cause back pain. Ask a massage therapist or other bodyworker who specializes in myofascial release or neuromuscular therapy to focus on these points during a massage.

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For sore muscles and joints, apply a cream or ointment that contains capsaicin, the active ingredient in chile peppers, two or three times a day. The heat from the peppers has been shown to help relieve pain.

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Noun: Syllogism (SIL-uh-jiz-um) Definition: 1. A deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion. 2. A subtle, specious, or crafty argument. 3. Deductive reasoning. Sample sentence: Kelly could not prove it, but she suspected that her opponent’s argument was a sneaky syllogism based on dubious “facts.”

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Adjective: Addlepated (AD-ul-pay-tud) Definition: 1. Being mixed up: confused. 2. Eccentric. Sample sentence: The patient was blabbering like an addlepated fool.

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To ease stress and prepare for bed, soak in a hot bath spiked with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Play soothing music while you bathe to unwind further.

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People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.

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Noun: Umbrage (UM-brij) Definition: 1. Shade, shadow. 2. Vague suggestion or hint. 3. A reason for doubt. 4. A feeling of resentment at some often fancied slight or insult. Sample sentence: I take umbrage at her suggestion that I just couldn’t be bothered to call.

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Studies are mixed, but some have found that bilberry, a relative of the blueberry, may improve night vision. During World War II, fighter pilots reported better night vision after eating bilberry jam. Take 25 to 50 milligrams of bilberry extract; expect best results within the first few hours.

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Noun: Hawkshaw (HAWK-shaw) Definition: Detective Sample sentence: Sherlock Holmes is Doyle’s gleeful hawkshaw who dazzles with deductions.

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