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Noun: Garniture  (GAHR-nih-cher) Definition: 1. Embellishment, trimming 2. A set of decorative objects (as vases, urns, or clocks) Sample sentence: The master bedroom in the old manor was authentically furnished right down to the 16th-century garniture decorating the mantel and the wardrobe.

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When you feel a cold coming on, reach for echinacea (Echinacea purpurea or Echinacea augustofolia). Its antibiotic and antiviral properties make this native American plant an ideal first-line treatment for colds and flu, sore throat, and other simple infections. It can also help you through times of low resistance by enhancing the immune system. Available […]

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Adjcetive: Uncanny  (un-KAN-ee) Definition: 1. Eerie, mysterious 2. Being beyond what is normal or expected Sample sentence: Our waiter had an uncanny resemblance to the creepy villain in the film we had just seen.

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Verb: Abide  (uh-BYDE) Definition: 1. To endure, tolerate, or accept 2. To remain stable or fixed in a state 3. To continue in a place Sample sentence: Susan has been a vegetarian for years and can no longer abide even the smell of cooked meat.

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Learning to meditate might help ease feelings of loneliness among seniors, and the practice may also reduce inflammation in the body and thus decrease risk of serious diseases. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh recruited 40 adults – most of them women – between the ages of […]

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An extraordinary collection of statistics assembled from many studies suggests just how dysfunctional Americans’ relationship with sugar has become. Incredibly,  Americans consume 130 pounds of sugar annually. Adults consume about 22 teaspoons daily; children roughly 32 teaspoons (that’s just shy of 3/4 cup). The single food category most responsible for upping the average added-sugar intake: […]

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Verb: Extemporize  (ik-STEMP-puh-ryz) Definition: 1. Improvise 2. To get along in a makeshift manner Sample sentence: Although she was caught off-guard by the award, Sue managed to extemporize a speech thanking her entire team for their hard work.

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Verb: Hew  (HYOO) Definition: 1. To cut or fell with blows (as of an ax) 2. To give shape to with or as if with an ax 3. To conform or to adhere Sample sentence: Josh was never one to hew to policies with which he disagreed.

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Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties. The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, […]

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Adjective: Worldly-wise  (WERLD-lee-wyze) Definition: Possessing a practical and often shrewd understanding of human affairs. Sample sentence: The best candidate for judge should be worldly-wise, yet compassionate and hard-working to meet the demanding needs of the job.

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