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You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!

al-le-go-ry

noun :: A figurative sentence or discourse, in which the principal subject is described by another subject resembling it in its properties and circumstances. The real subject is thus kept out of view, and we are left to collect the intentions of the writer or speaker by the resemblance of the secondary to the primary subject.

noun :: Anything which represents by suggestive resemblance; an emblem.

noun :: A figure representation which has a meaning beyond notion directly conveyed by the object painted or sculptured.

"The blindfolded figure with scales is an allegory of justice."

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nu-ga-to-ry

adj. :: Trifling; vain; futile; insignificant.

adj. :: Of no force; inoperative; ineffectual.

"According to these highly-respectable witnesses, the minister, conscious that he was dying -- conscious, also, that the reverence of the multitude placed him already among saints and angels -- had desired, by yielding up his breath in the arms of that fallen woman, to express to the world how utterly nugatory is the choicest of man's own righteousness. -- Hawthorne, Nathaniel

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com-i-ty

noun :: Mildness and suavity of manners; courtesy between equals; friendly civility

"I believe I had no money to buy them, but there was an open account, or a comity, between the printer and the bookseller, and I must have been allowed a certain discretion in regard to getting books." -- Howells,William Dean

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de-co-rum

noun :: Propriety of manner or conduct; grace arising from suitableness of speech and behavior to one's own character, or to the place and occasion; decency of conduct; seemliness; that which is seemly or suitable.

""In the Ireland of the 1940's ... the stolidity of a long, empty, grave face was thought to be the height of decorum and profundity" -- John McGahern.

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ef-fete

adj. :: Worn out with age; exhausted of energy; incapable of efficient action; no longer productive; barren; sterile.

"Uncouth, perhaps, and brutal, too, if judged too harshly by the standards of effete twentieth- century civilization, but withal noble, dignified, chivalrous, and loveable." -- Burroughs, Edgar Rice

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