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Noun: Palinode  (PAL-uh-nohd) Definition: 1. An ode or song recanting or retracting something in an earlier poem. 2. A formal retraction. Sample sentence: Leslie Gore’s “It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry” is a palinode to “It’s My Party.”

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The holidays should not be as much about opening our gifts, but more about opening our hearts.

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Adjective: Syncretic  (sin-KRET-ik) Definition: Characterized or brought about by a combination of different forms of belief or practice. Sample sentence: Dr. Portman practices a syncretic form of medicine, borrowing from both Eastern and Western medical traditions.

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Change can be scary, but what is even more scary is allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing.

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Noun: Oxymoron  (ahk-sih-MOR-on) Definition: A combination of contradictory or incongruous words; broadly, something (such as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements. Sample sentence: A “healthy snack” sounds like an oxymoron to those used to defining snacks as candy bars and chips.

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If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy.

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Adjective: Ergonomic  (er-guh-NAH-mik) Definition: 1. Of or relating to the science of designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely. 2. Designed or arranged for safe, comfortable and efficient use. Sample sentence: Clara hoped the ergonomic arrangement of her new workstation would help reduce the daily […]

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When you can no longer change the situation you are in, remove yourself from that situation.

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Noun: Rechauffe  (ray-shoh-FAY) Definition: 1. Something presented in a new form without change of substance: rehash. 2, A warmed-over dish of food. Sample sentence: The day after any holiday, it is a tradition at our house to serve a rechauffe rather than cook a full meal.

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Stand as close to the edge as you can without going over. Out on the edge you can see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

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