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Adjective: Fuliginous  (fyoo-LIJ-uh-nus) Definition: 1. Sooty, obscure or murky. 2. Having a dark or dusky color. Sample sentence: Theo’s journalism professor encouraged him to eschew fuliginous prose in favor of simple, straightforward language.

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Despite what your teacher might have told you, sitting still isn’t always a good thing, especially for breaking down fat in your body. Sitting around too much stops the enzymes that break down fat from working. So any kind of activity, from standing up and sitting down to bouncing your knee, can help keep your […]

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Verb: Obviate  (AHB-vee-ayt) Definition: To anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unnecessary (as an action). Sample sentence: Rob checks every ledger entry twice to obviate any problems when it comes time for an audit.

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Research has found that a disorganized and cluttered home can be a source of stress. To help ease your mind, take some time and tidy up your surroundings. By making a clean-up plan that maps out a reasonable time frame and strategy for you to follow, you’ll be able to get rid of your mess […]

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Noun: Balneology  (bal-nee-AH-luh-jee) Definition: The science of therapeutic use of baths. Sample sentence: Balneology is used at the spa as a means of treating injured muscles.

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Older adults can have a reduced risk of developing heart disease if they include more Vitamin D in their diets. Vitamin D and fortified dairy products are also great for reducing the risk of diabetes. Unlike other nutrients, Vitamin D isn’t really a vitamin at all: It’s a hormone, made by your body as you […]

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Noun: Provenience  (pruh-VEE-nee-unss) Definition: Origin, source. Sample sentence: The museum has hired outside experts to help uncover the provenience and ownership history of several of its artifacts.

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If you want to reduce the impact that a single, high-calorie meal can have on your body, be sure to drink some orange juice with your meal. A recent study found that people who ate a supersized breakfast from a fast food restaurant were able to experience a milder inflammatory response in their bodies when […]

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Noun: Riposte  (rih-POHST) Definition: 1. A fencer’s quick return thrust following at parry. 2. A retaliatory verbal retort. 3. A retaliatory maneuver or measure. Sample sentence: John would always greet his best friend Gary with a remark about his thinning hair, to which Gary would come back with a riposte about John’s golf game.

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Studies have found that people who eat fish on a regular basis live longer and healthier lives. In fact, regular fish eaters are less likely to suffer from heart disease than people who rarely dine on the “chicken of the sea.”

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