From the Word Wizard Club...
October 16, 2006

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

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kittywompus

Which Means:

Crooked, diagonal, or disorderly.

As In:

Image Every picture in the old woman's house was kittywompus and had to be adjusted.

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Another way to spell this word is cattywompus or catawompus. You can choose which one you like!

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frumpy

Which Means:

Dressed in an old-fashioned or not modern way.

As In:

Image My grandma's clothes might be frumpy, but her personality isn't!

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A person can also be a frump - a plain and unfashionable person, who gets frumpier and frumpier.

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fidget

Which Means:

To make small frequent movements, which can happen when you're bored, nervous, or excited.

As In:

Image The man couldn't stop fidgeting during his report.

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You might have to fidget with the spelling on this one before you get it right: the D always comes before the G.

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zing

Which Means:

A high buzzing noise, an energetic quality, or a little insult.

As In:

Image The bee zinged by so closely that I thought it would hit me!

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This word sounds like what it is, like zip, zap or zounds!

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kerfuffle

Which Means:

A disturbance, commotion, or noisy excitement.

As In:

Image There was a kerfuffle in the office next door this morning.

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This funny word describes a small disruption. The wolf created a kerfuffle at the three little pigs' home.

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saunter

Which Means:

To stroll or walk in a pleasant and relaxed way.

As In:

Image It doesn't matter what the weather is; Richard saunters down the street with a smile on his face.

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In this word, the A always comes before the U.

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spork

Which Means:

A tool to eat with that is a combination of a spoon and fork.

As In:

Image Tyler always brings a spork when he goes camping.

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This combined word starts with the 'sp' from spoon and ends with the 'ork' from fork, making it a portmanteau word (a new word that is made from two words).

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unconsciously

Which Means:

Without knowing or realizing something.

As In:

Image The dog unconsciously salivated while watching the boy eat a hamburger.

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Remember that the sound 'sh' is spelled SCI in this word.

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goofy

Which Means:

Silly, clumsy, or acting that way on purpose.

As In:

Image My brother always tries to scare me with that goofy mask, but it never works!

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Maybe the two Os in this word are someone's eyes making a silly face at you!

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bonkers

Which Means:

Crazy, wild, excited.

As In:

Image When the kids found out they were going to the amusement park, they went bonkers!

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This word always has an S at the end. You never see a bonker by itself.

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