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# Word for the Day

Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures…   That teacher’s demands are stringent — she wants the homework typed in her favorite font, on special paper, and each essay must be exactly 45 lines!   While the word stringent might seem foreign, if you’re afflicted with pimples, you’ll know the word astringent. An astringent causes your skin to tighten like…

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# Movie Pick of the Week

Directed by Peyton Reed and starring Vince Vaughn, Cole Hauser, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Justin Long. Cohabitating couple Gary and Brooke find their once-blissful romance on the rocks when petty spats about lemons and dirty dishes mushroom into an all-out battle for custody of their upscale Chicago condo. An escalating argument ensues as Gary and…

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# Word for the Day

To beat someone in a game or competition…     thrash   When you thrash someone, you beat them — literally, with your fists, or figuratively, by winning a game or competition.   You can describe your game plan for a chess match this way: “I plan to thrash that show-off in just ten moves.” You can also threaten…