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Noun: Misnomer  (miss-NOH-mer) Definition: 1. The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument 2. A use of a wrong or inappropriate name: also, a wrong name or inappropriate designation. Sample sentence: “International Airport” is something of a misnomer, since almost all of the arriving and departing planes fly short, commuter routes involving no border […]

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Verb: Lambaste  (lam-BAYST) Definition: 1. To assault violently:  beat, whip 2. To attack verbally:  censure Sample sentence: When Danny showed up late for practice, he expected the coach to loudly lambaste him in front of the whole team.

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Food is an important part of many holiday celebrations. But don’t let food-related illness ruin your holiday. Food safety boils down to three basic rules: 1. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold. 2. Keep everything in the kitchen clean. 3. Wash hands frequently. Refrigerate cooked foods that are not served immediately. If food […]

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Noun: Ratiocination  (rat-ee-oh-suh-NAY-shun) Definition: 1. The process of exact thinking: reasoning. 2. A reasoned train of thought. Sample sentence: Edgar Allan Poe’s detective story “Murder in the Rue Morgue” is said to be his first work of ratiocination.

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What’s the best way to lose excess weight and keep it off? A study from Boston’s Children’s Hospital suggests that a low-glycemic-index diet is the best. The researchers recruited 21 young adults who were overweight or obese and put them on diets so that they were able to lose between 10 to 15 percent of […]

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Adjective: Opprobrious  (oh-PRO-bree-us) Definition: Disgraceful, shameful. Sample sentence: His behavior was disgustingly opprobrious.

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Columbia University researchers have come up with a strategy that could help you increase the amount of exercise you perform. It’s called “self-regulation” and according to the researchers, the women who tried it boosted their weekly activity by about an hour and kept it up for 16 weeks. You begin by do something called “mental […]

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If a food is likely to lead to obesity, researchers term it “obesogenic.” So here’s an important question – is high fructose corn syrup more obesogenic than cane sugar? A parallel between the dramatic increase in HFCS consumption and obesity since 1980 makes it look as if the chemically synthesized corn-based sweetener really is a […]

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Adjective: Unwieldy  (un-WEEL-dee) Definition: Not easily managed, handled, or used (as because of bulk, weight, complexity, or awkwardness): cumbersome Sample sentence: The futon mattress was heavy and unwieldy, and the only effective way to move it was to slide it across the floor.

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Noun: Watershed  (WAW-ter-shed) Definition: 1. A dividing ridge between drainage areas or a region or area bounded peripherally by a divide and draining ultimately to a particular watercourse or body of water. 2. A crucial dividing point, line, or factor: turning point. Sample sentence:  Historians generally agree that the battle was a watershed in the […]

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