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Noun: Harangue (huh-RANG) Definition: 1. A speech addressed to a public assembly 2. A ranting speech or writing 3. Lecture Sample sentence: The comedian’s stand-up act consisted of a series of jokes and a very long harangue against celebrities and social media.

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Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime. It’s also a good idea to avoid naps during the day unless you take them every day at the same […]

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Adjective: Peccant  (PEK-unt) Definition: 1. Guilty of a moral offense: sinning 2. Violating a principle or rule: faulty Sample sentence: Outside the confessional stood a short line of peccant parishioners waiting to seek redemption for their sins.

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Improve your heart health: take advantage of summer’s slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind. Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.

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Adjective: Millefleur  (meel-FLER) Definition: Having an allover pattern of small flowers and plants. Sample sentence: The museum’s collection includes several medieval tapestries with millefleur designs.

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To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes. And when playing sports or doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, wear protective eyewear. Ask […]

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To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if space is really limited, plant a few flower pots — indoors or out. Just putting your hands in soil is “grounding.” And when life feels like you’re moving so fast your feet are barely touching the stuff, being mentally grounded […]

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Noun: Gymkhana  (jim-KAH-nuh) Definition:  A meet featuring sports contests or athletic skills, such as games on horseback, gymnastics, or even driving skills in an automobile. Sample sentence: The Pony Club attended the first gymkhana of the season at the fairgrounds last weekend.  

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According to the Mayo Clinic, some studies show that how you look at life can affect many areas of your health and well-being. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore bad situations. It just means that you look at things in a more positive way. With all this […]

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Adjectve: Demure  (dih-MYOOR) Definition: 1. Reserved, modest. 2. Affectedly modest, reserved, or serious: coy. Sample sentence: When we first met Kelly, she was quiet and demure, so it surprises us now to see that she can be vocal and forward.

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