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Janet Chong
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Retired registered nurse. Loves to travel , read and experience new and interesting things. Practices Iyengar Yoga and goes to the gym most days. Sagittarius is my birth sign
Retired registered nurse. Loves to travel , read and experience new and interesting things. Practices Iyengar Yoga and goes to the gym most days. Sagittarius is my birth sign

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Pussy cat, pussy cat, what do your see?  I pray that is not you looking at me...said the mouse.
Artist:  Irina Garmashova Cawton
#catlovers #cats  
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TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT
Meaning It means to accept a statement someone says, but remain skeptical about its truth or don't take it too seriously.

A grain of salt is a very small piece of salt, so this idiom starts with the idea that most food tastes better with a little bit of salt. Food is tastier and therefore easier to swallow with a grain of salt, so this idiom claims that if someone is telling you something that is probably not entirely true or correct, it is easier to swallow it with a grain of salt than to argue against it. In 77AD Pliny the Elder (a natural philosopher under The Roman Empire) translated an ancient cure to poison, in which he wrote “to be taken fasting, plus a grain of salt”. This suggested that bad effects could be counteracted by a grain of salt. The more metaphorical meaning - that incorrect information might be made easier to accept by taking it with a grain of salt – did not become widely used until much later, in the 17th Century. For example, in 1647 John Trapp said of his own writing “This is to be taken with a grain of salt”. More recently, the idiom has been modified from a grain of salt to a pinch of salt, and we can now use either grain or pinch in this saying.

https://www.bloomsbury-international.com/en/student-ezone/idiom-of-the-week/list-of-itioms/1326-take-it-with-a-grain-of-salt.html
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WORD OF THE DAY
EMBELLISH
em/bel/ish
Verb
DEFINITION

..to make something more beautiful or interesting by adding something to it as by ornamentation or decoration
..make(statement or story) more interesting by adding extras details that are often untrue; exaggerate

..The dance hall was embellished with flowers, garlands, and many fine details.
..If you embellish your resume, you may find yourself in a quandary when your new employers have expectations you cannot meet.
..He likes to embellish his accomplishments and make himself sound more successful than he really is.
..The ceiling was embellished with flowers and leaves.
..He couldn't resist embellishing the story of his accident.
..The president often embellishes the truth.
..The stern was embellished with carvings in red and blue.
..The author popularized the story with a dramatic and embellished account.
..It appears the story has been embellished over the intervening years.
..If the actual facts are so repugnant to you, then why embellish them?
..I just recently lied (although I prefer the word embellish) about my work experience.
..My brother has a tendency to embellish his stories, so we take what he says with a grain of salt.
She embellished the skirt by adding a fringe to it.
..Fishermen often embellish how big and the amount of fish they have caught.
#wordoftheday
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Is kitty being mean and tying to rub it in? Kitty appears to be using doggy's face cone as bridge to cross over. As if doggy isn't already feeling miserable enough having to deal with the cone covering his neck and face; he now has kitty taunting him. Poor doggy, I'm sure he must be feeling disrespected.
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#catlovers #cats

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Is kitty being mean and tying to rub it in? Kitty appears to be using doggy's face cone as bridge to cross over. As if doggy isn't already feeling miserable enough having to deal with the cone covering his neck and face; he now has kitty taunting him. Poor doggy, I'm sure he must be feeling disrespected
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#catlovers #cats


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WORD OF THE DAY
EXACERBATE
ig/zaser/beyt
Verb
DEFINITION
..to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence (disease, ill feeling) aggravate
..to make a problem, bad situation, negative feeling worse; worsen; compound

..Longstanding poverty has been exacerbated by racial divisions.
..The medication, rather than relieve her migraine, exacerbated it.
..Everyone knows about the dire situation and are doing all they can to avoid exacerbating it further.
.. The president wants to avoid exacerbating the already tense relations between the U.S. and North Korea.
..He knew that lack of sleep would exacerbate his memory problems.
..Jane chose to exacerbate the argument by throwing a lamp at Bill's head.
..If you do not tell the truth in court, you will only exacerbate the charges against you.
..Yelling does nothing but exacerbate a heated conversation by increasing hostility.
..Do not eat those foods if they exacerbate your heartburn!
..Although Bill had no wish to exacerbate the hostile situation, he still knew he had to tell his wife the truth about the missing money.
..More than likely, the stress at work will exacerbate your illness and make you moody.
..The proposed factory shutdown would only exacerbate our unemployment problems.
..His angry comments have exacerbated tensions in the negotiation process.
..The attack will exacerbate the already tense relations between the two communities.
..Heavy rains will exacerbate the flooding.
Art: Noreek
#wordoftheday
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OBFUSCATE
ob/fuh/skeyt
Verb
DEFINITION
..to make something less clear and harder to understand, especially intentionally
..to make obscure, unclear, or unintelligible
..bewilder someone
..to render indistinct, dim; darken

..Some people are experts of obfuscating the truth by being evasive, unclear or obscure in the telling of the facts.
..The fog obfuscated the shore.
..The people who are good at obfuscating would include defense lawyers and teenagers.
..She was criticized for using arguments that obfuscated the main issue.
..A great effort was made to obfuscate the truth.
..Are you suggesting that Bill would deliberately obfuscate the police investigation?
..Jane accepted that such information could be used to manipulate, to obfuscate, and to mislead.
..They are obfuscating the issue, as only insurance companies can.
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#wordoftheday

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The pot calling the kettle black
By: Bill Abbott
#humor
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WHAT THE EYE DOES NOT SEE THE HEART DOES NOT GRIEVE OVER
Meaning: You cannot be upset about something you do not know about.

For example, if Billie cracks his mother's favorite vase, and turns the cracked area to face the wall so it cannot be seen, then his mother won't be upset because she does not know the vase is cracked.

Origin: 14th century French....St. Bernard Sermon v "For it is said that what one does not see does not harm the heart.
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