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Verb: Undergird (un-der-GERD) Definition: To form the basis or foundation of: strengthen, support. Sample sentence: No one argues that a robust U.S. economy is needed to undergird an effective foreign policy.

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Noun: Bonhomie (bah-nuh-MEE) Definition: Good-natured easy friendliness. Sample sentence: Kayla was worried that she wouldn’t get along with her new roommates, but their bonhomie quickly put her at ease.

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Raw garlic has long been recognized as a powerful natural medicine. It has immune-stimulating properties and is an effective antibiotic and antiviral agent that can be used to help address many kinds of infections. It also contains compounds that appear to fight cancer, and helps lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The latest on […]

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Adjective: Plenipotentiary (plen-uh-puh-TEN-shuh-ree) Definition: 1. Invested with full power. 2. Of or relating to a person invested with full power to transact any business. Sample sentence: The CEO of the large company, about to leave for a month-long vacation, assured his board of directors that his assistant had his full confidence and was vested with […]

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New research from Britain suggests that video games may help you train your brain to be more flexible and to think more strategically. This kind of “cognitive flexibility” can be advantageous in today’s knowledge economy, the researchers said. Investigators at Queen Mary University of London and University College London recruited 72 female volunteers and measured […]

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Noun: Kipper (KIP-er) Definition: 1. A male salmon or sea trout during or after the spawning season. 2. A herring or salmon cured by salting and smoking. Sample sentence: My favorite treat is a kipper on a cracker with a little cream cheese.

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Here’s the latest on the health benefits of lending a helping hand in your community: volunteering can improve your mental health and lengthen your life. A research team from the U.K.’s University of Exeter Medical School combined data from 40 scientific studies to conclude that volunteering is good for you, but they note that the […]

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Adjective: Eristic (ih-RISS-tik) Definition: Characterized by disputatious and often subtle and specious reasoning. Sample sentence: Dialectical argument is a cooperative, two-sided truth-seeking art that requires a constructive and balanced attitude, whereas eristic dialogue is one-sided, quarrelsome, and antagonistic.

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Blueberries, grapes, and apples can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but you’ll need to eat the whole fruit – rather than drinking fruit juice – to get their benefits, according to new research from the Harvard School of Public Health. The investigation was the first to look at the influence of specific […]

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Adjective: Gormless (GORM-lus) Definition: Lacking intelligence: stupid. Sample sentence: Her new assistant quickly proved himself to be completely gormless, forgetting to do half of the tasks she assigned to him and making a mess of the others.

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