From the Word Wizard Club...
September 18, 2006

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

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pulverize

Which Means:

To crush into small pieces or destroy.

As In:

Image The tornado pulverized their farm last summer.

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You can remember this word better if you divide it up into its three syllables: PUL-VER-IZE.

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scorch

Which Means:

To burn with strong heat or flame.

As In:

Image The pizza was so hot that it scorched his mouth! Ouch!

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Remember, C before o, a, and u is pronounced like a K. Before 'i' and 'e' it is usually pronounced like an S.

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squall

Which Means:

A sudden and violent windstorm, or a long loud baby's cry.

As In:

Image The squall hit the coast in the middle of the night.

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The KW sound in this word is spelled with a 'qu' as it is in 'queen'.

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exasperate

Which Means:

To really frustrate or upset someone by making them impatient and angry.

As In:

Image The spelling of some English words really exasperates me!

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This word has 4 words in it that help you spell it: ex, as, per, and ate.

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peculiar

Which Means:

Unusual, out of the ordinary, strange.

As In:

Image While sitting around the campfire telling scary stories, they heard a peculiar noise in the woods they had never heard before.

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The ending of this word sound like 'yer', but it is spelled IAR.

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relieve

Which Means:

To make less painful or stressful, or to improve the condition of.

As In:

Image Grandma was relieved to be riding her Harley Davidson again after being cooped up all winter.

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Remember: I before E, except after C, unless the word sounds like 'air'.

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pelt

Which Means:

The skin of an animal.

As In:

Image Daniel Boone wore a hat made from a raccoon pelt.

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There is a verb 'to pelt' that means to hit with a lot of little pieces: The hail pelted the farmer's crops and ruined them.

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stifle

Which Means:

To hold back or make breathing hard.

As In:

Image The boy tried, but couldn't stifle his sneeze! Ah-choo!

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This word has the long I sound, and the E at the end is silent.

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abandon

Which Means:

To leave something behind and never return to it.

As In:

Image In the summer, many people abandon their worries and take a vacation.

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Although the last syllable sounds like 'din', it is spelled -don.

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lurk

Which Means:

To lie in wait or hide in the background.

As In:

Image Little did they know that a very special tree was lurking in the woods!

Heads Up!

This word might sound like it is spelled with an E, but remember it is a U!

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