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Verb:  Extenuate  (ik-STEN-yuh-wayt) Definition: 1.  To lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial excuses 2.  To lessen the strength or effect of Sample sentence:  Don’t even try to extenuate their vandalism of the cemetery with the old refrain of “Boys will be boys.”

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If a round of golf leaves you grimacing and gripping your back muscles, your stance is probably to blame. A report presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons indicates that more than half of golfers experience low-back pain when they make contact with the ball or in their follow-through. That […]

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The Negaunee Miners have announced their schedule for the 2011 Mid Peninsula Conference football season.  Highlights include home games against traditional powers Iron Mountain and Norway, as well as key away games against Gladstone and defending conference Champions Ishpeming. Practice begins at 10:00 AM on August 8th, with a scrimmage set for 1:00 and 3:00 PM […]

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What may seem like a harmless way to store potatoes may actually be a breeding ground for deadly bacteria. Researchers investigating an outbreak of botulism in the United States in 1994 traced the source to a bacteria-produced toxin that formed when baked potatoes were stored in aluminum foil at room temperature. Botulism can cause severe […]

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Adjective:  Catawampus  (kat-uh-WOM-puhs) Definition: 1.  Off-center, askew, awry 2.  Positioned diagonally, cater-cornered Sample sentence:  Jill walked outside into the wind, which promptly knocked her hat catawampus.

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Noun:  Amanuensis  (uh-man-yuh-WEN-sis) Definition:  One employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript. Sample sentence:  Mark worked as an amanuensis for a judge who needed to compose his opinions orally while recovering from cataract surgery.

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A new study suggests that apples and tomatoes may help prevent respiratory disease. Researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom studied 2,633 adults and found a link between the intake of apples and tomatoes and the subjects’ respiratory health. Those who ate five apples or three tomatoes per week scored highest on […]

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Adjective:  Hyperborean  (hye-per-BOR-ee-un) Definition: 1. Of or relating to an extreme northern region: frozen 2. Of or relating to any of the arctic peoples Sample sentence:  Yoopers possess an impressive tolerance of cold winters, most likely due to their hyperborean ancestors from Canada and the Scandinavian countries.

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Individuals with exercise-induced asthma may be less likely to experience an attack in the morning than in the evening, according to the results of a new study. Researchers conducted exercise tests with 22 people with asthma and 12 healthy patients at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and measured the resulting lung spasms. For individuals with […]

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Verb:  Vituperate  (vye-TOO-puh-rayt) Definition: 1. To abuse or censure severely or abusively 2. To use harsh condemnatory language Sample sentence: During the team’s recent seven game losing streak, the sportswriters never missed a chance to vituperate the coach.

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