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Noun: Farrier  (FAIR-ee-er) Definition: A person who shoes horses. Sample sentence: Since he spent so much of his childhood around horses, it was not a surprise when James decided to apprentice to learn to be a farrier.

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Many people probably will be welcoming the new year with familiar resolutions: Live healthier, save more and, in general, improve one’s life. But New Year’s resolutions tend to fizzle out faster than an old bottle of champagne. Luckily, several great smartphone apps can help keep you on track with your 2013 resolutions. If losing weight […]

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Adjective: Vacuous   (VAK-yuh-wus) Definition: 1. Emptied of or lacking content 2. Marked by lack of ideas or intelligence: stupid, inane 3. Devoid of serious occupation: idle Sample sentence: The student’s vacuous facial expression suggested a lack of comprehension.

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Verb: Promulgate  (PRAH-mul-gayt) Definition: 1.  To make (as a doctrine) known by open declaration: proclaim 2.  To make known or public the terms of (a proposed law) or to put (a law) into action or force Sample sentence:  The bishop will promulgate the new changes in the church at the next conference.

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Breathing properly is fundamental to good health, and you shouldn’t take your respiratory system for granted, especially if you live in a big city. In addition to prudent supplementation and a diet rich in beta carotene and other antioxidants, simple lifestyle steps can help promote healthy lungs for a lifetime. Don’t smoke. Tobacco addiction is […]

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Noun: Donnybrook  (DAH-nee-brook) Definition: 1. A free-for-all, brawl 2. A usually public quarrel or dispute Sample sentence: The two antique collectors found themselves embroiled in a spirited donnybrook over the value of an unusual piece of furniture at the auction.

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Lung cancer typically doesn’t cause signs and symptoms in its earliest stages, with noticeable changes occurring most often when the disease is advanced. These may include: 1. A new cough that doesn’t go away 2. Changes in a chronic cough 3. Coughing up blood, even a small amount 4. Shortness of breath 5. Chest pain […]

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Noun: Glogg  (GLUG) Definition: Hot, spiced wine and liquor punch served in Scandinavian countries as a Christmas drink Sample sentence: The Christmas Eve family gathering would not be complete without the lutefisk  and the glogg. served in honor of our Norwegian ancestors.

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Symptoms of psoriasis – a common, chronic condition in which the skin develops red, itchy patches and thick, silvery scales – can range from mildly annoying to disabling. Autoimmunity is suspected as the core problem, and the course of the disease typically involves periods of symptom flares alternating with periods of remission. While there is […]

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The five-second rule – that it’s fine to eat what’s been dropped on the floor within five seconds – has been around a long time. It has been studied scientifically, testing different foods dropped on contaminated surfaces and left for five seconds. Surfaces ranged from ceramic tiles to wood floors and nylon carpeting, and foods […]

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