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Noun: Toady  (TOH-dee) Definition: One who flatters in the hope of gaining favors. Sample sentence: The editorial unfairly called the new appointee the mayor’s toad, ignoring her long record of unselfish service to the community.

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Don’t be so trigger-happy with the flusher. Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you’re constipated. Increase your fiber and water intake. […]

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Verb: Scrutinize  (SKROO-tuh-nyze) Definition: To examine closely and minutely. Sample sentence: The new $100 bill has enough novel security features that the urge to scrutinize it will likely be iresistible for most  people upon encountering it for the first time.

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Verb: Writhe  (RYTHE) Definition: 1. To move or proceed with twists and turns. 2. To twist from or as if from pain or struggling. 3. To suffer keenly. Sample sentence: James fell off the ladder and that caused him to writhe on the ground in pain.

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Fiber in the morning means less hunger late in the afternoon, when you’re most likely to feel tired and gorge yourself on sugar. Try a morning dose of tasty fiber from steel-cut oatmeal, mixed with raisins, walnuts, and flaxseed oil. An early start on eating also keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day. Research […]

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If you are plagued by dry skin in the winter months, remember this: save steamy scenes for the bedroom. Showering or bathing in water that’s too hot will dry out your skin and cause it to age prematurely. Warm water is much better. Apply moisturiser while your skin is still damp – it’ll be absorbed […]

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Between early morning work meetings and dropping off your kids at school, it can be difficult to enjoy a sit-down breakfast. And since breakfast is incredibly beneficial—it kick starts your metabolism, keeps you from bingeing later and makes you more alert—it’s vital that what you choose to eat in the morning is healthy. For days […]

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Noun: Slumgullion  (SLUM-gull-yun) Definition: A meat stew Sample sentence: My favorite meal on a cold winter evening is a large bowl of steaming slumgullion and fresh, hot biscuits.

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Being active during pregnancy may speed development of your baby’s brain. A study from Canada showed that jogging, swimming or cycling for as little as 20 minutes three times a week starting at the beginning of the second trimester made a measurable difference in the activity of the babies’ brains, according to researchers from the […]

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Noun: Moniker  (MAH-nih-ker) Definition: nickname Sample sentence: He earned his moniker “Gator” from his days of wrestling alligators in Florida.

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