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Noun: Ragamuffin  (RAG-uh-muf-in) Definition: A ragged often disreputable person; especially, a poorly clothed, often dirty child. Sample sentence: Tourists to Mexico City should not be surprised to find a ragamuffin at every turn begging to be allowed to do small services for an equally small donation.

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Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

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Adjective: Flyblown   (FLY-blohn) Definition: 1. a: Not pure: tainted. 1. b: Not bright and new: seedy. 1. c: Trite: hackneyed. 2. Infested with eggs or young larvae of a blowfly. Sample sentence: Jane’s apartment is a bit flyblown, but it is all she can afford.

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Don’t blame people for disappointing you. Blame yourself for expecting too much.

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If you have to choose between being kind and being right, choose being kind and you will always be right.

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Adjective: Backstairs  (BAK-stairz) Definition: Secret. furtive, sorid, scandalous. Sample sentence: The article accuses the influential Washington lobbyist of having been involved in a number of backstairs deals to limit regulation of financial institutions.

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Noun: Southpaw  (SOUTH-paw) Definition: Left-hander; especially a left-handed baseball pitcher. Sample sentence: The little league team’s  best pitcher was a southpaw.

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Don’t dwell on those who let you down. Cherish those who hold you up.

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Sometimes saying “sorry” is the most difficult thing on earth. But, it’s the cheapest thing to save the most expensive gift called relationship.

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Noun: Gibbosity  (gi-BOS-i-tee) Definition: 1. A protuberance or swelling. 2. A state of being gibbous. Sample sentence: The big gibbosity on John’s face was caused by a raging staph infection and it caused him great pain.

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