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Noun: Kickshaw   (KIK-shaw) Definition: 1. A fancy dish: delicacy. 2. A showy trifle: trinket. Sample sentence: My recent rummage sale finds include a very interesting kickshaw from the 1920′s, as well as several fancy hats.

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Don’t mix bad words with your bad mood. You will have many opportunities to change a mood, but you’ll never get the opportunity to replace the words you spoke.

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Noun: Charlatan  (SHAHR-luh-tun) Definition: 1. A pretender to medical skill: quack. 2. One making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability: fraud, faker. Sample sentence: Even though the psychic seemed to know a lot of information about Irving’s life, Irving was still convinced that the guy was a charlatan who made some lucky guesses.

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You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret to your success is found in your daily routine. Socrates once said, “The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.”

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Verb: Augur  (AW-gur) Definition: 1. To foretell something or to predict the future, especially from omens. 2. To give promise of. Sample sentence: The new first-time home buyers program should augur a healthy jump  in home sales this year.

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When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. The measure of a civilization is not how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how […]

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Noun: Diktat  (dik-TAHT) Definition: 1. A harsh settlement unilaterally imposed (as on a defeated nation.) 2.. A decree or order. Sample sentence: The company president issued a diktat that employees may not wear jeans to work.

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You look your best when you wear your smile. There is no beauty like the one that comes from inside you. Smile every chance you get. Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good  things you do have […]

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Adjective: Motley  ( MAHT-lee) Definition: 1. Variegated in color. 2. Composed of diverse often incongruous elements. Sample sentence: Lenny went to the medieval festival dressed in the bright motley garb of a court jester.

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Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet – to help you, to hurt you, to love you and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become. People are put in your path for […]

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