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Noun: Katzenjammer  (KAT-sun-jam-er) Definition: 1. Hangover. 2. Distress. 3. A discordant clamor. Sample sentence: The morning after the wedding, Pamela woke up with a blinding katzenjammer.

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A common beauty complaint, dark under eye circles can affect men and women of all ages. Skin care creams and medical treatments can treat this nuisance. But if you want to stay away from costly treatments and chemicals, there are natural alternatives to get rid of these circles. First, protect the delicate skin surrounding your […]

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High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), the sweetener that’s ubiquitous in sodas, processed snacks, and junk foods, may tinker with the brain in ways that, unlike glucose, may actually encourage us to overeat. The problem is that after downing a soft drink containing fructose, the brain may not register that we’re full, according to a study […]

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Adjective: Sacrosanct  (SAK-roh-sankt) Definition: 1. Most sacred or holy 2. Treated as if holy: immune from criticism or violation. Sample sentence: Our family traditions may seem silly to outsiders, but to us they are sacrosanct.

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Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year.  In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. However, some people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin […]

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Noun: Fetter  (FET-er) Definition: 1. A chain or shackle for the feet. 2. Something that confines: restraint. Sample sentence: John keeps his smartphone with him when he goes hiking, but Linda leaves hers at home, preferring to free herself momentarily of that little fetter  of technology.

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Noun: Aphorism  (A-fuh-riz-um) Definition: 1. A concise statement of a principle. 2. A terse formulation of a truth or sentiment: adage. Sample sentence: When decorating, remember the familiar aphorism, “less is more.”

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We usually think of gazpacho as a refreshing summer treat, but researchers from the University of Barcelona in Spain have shown that the traditional spicy blend of tomatoes, cucumber, garlic and olive oil can help control high blood pressure year round. The study examined the effect of gazpacho consumption in 3,995 individuals as part of […]

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Adjective: Gnomic  (NOH-mik) Definition: 1. Characterized by aphorism. 2. Given to the composition of aphoristic writing. Sample sentence: Some critics have praised the young artist’s gnomic utterances, while others argue that her sayings are simply pretentious rubbish.

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Do you look both ways before crossing the street? Not likely, reports a team of researchers at the University of Washington. They observed the behavior of more than 1,000 people as they crossed 20 high-risk intersections in Seattle during the summer of 2012. Only 25 percent of walkers looked both ways before crossing. Nearly one-third […]

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