From the Word Wizard Club...
August 14, 2006

Congratulations, Kids! You've completed learning the next round of vocabulary words, and now it's time to review.

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bridge

Which Means:

A structure that leads from one place to another, crossing water or a valley.

As In:

Image The longest suspension bridge in the world is the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan--6,529 feet long!

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This word has two consonant clusters: BR and DG! The short 'i' sound forms a bridge between them.

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claim

Which Means:

To take something that belongs to you or say something you think is true.

As In:

Image At the awards ceremony, she was happy to claim first place in the competition.

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The order of vowels in this word is AI.

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clatter

Which Means:

To make a lot of noise, to rattle.

As In:

Image The clatter of the train always woke me up in the early morning.

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This word sounds like what it means!

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brand

Which Means:

The official name of a product.

As In:

Image What brand of jeans is your favorite?

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This word can also be a verb, meaning to make a name for someone. My group of friends branded themselves as bookworms.

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thrifty

Which Means:

Good at saving and using money wisely.

As In:

Image Being thrifty allows you to get the most for your money.

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The word 'thriftless' is the opposite of this word, meaning wasteful. I hope you are thrifty!

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stretch

Which Means:

To make longer or extend.

As In:

Image The aerobics instructor stretched to touch her toes.

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Remember there is a silent T before the CH at the end of this word.

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scribble

Which Means:

To write messily and in a hurry so that it is hard to read.

As In:

Image How am I supposed to decode these scribbles? They mean nothing to me!

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Before you could write, you could scribble; now you can write 'scribble'.

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screech

Which Means:

A harsh cry or squeal, a scream.

As In:

Image Every time she pushed the brake, it screeched.

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This word has two Es in the middle.

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throughout

Which Means:

Everywhere, in or during every part of.

As In:

Image The librarian enforced silence throughout the library.

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This word can be easy if you remember it is made up of 'through' and 'out' and that 'through' is one of those funny words spelled '-ough'.

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stray

Which Means:

To wander away, to get lost, or the thing that is lost.

As In:

Image After months of living on its own, the house cat looked like a stray!

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The word 'astray' is the adverb form of this word and can be used like this: Last night, the dog wandered astray and didn't come home until the next day.

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