From the Word Wizard Club...
November 27, 2006

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

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firm

Which Means:

Does not move, solid and strong.

As In:

Image Matt said, "Hey, check out how firm my muscles are!"

Heads Up!

Although this word sounds like fur, remember it is spelled like the fir tree: firm.

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tension

Which Means:

Extreme strain on your mind or muscles or a lot of nervousness.

As In:

Image Many people find a massage helps relieve tension in their muscles.

Heads Up!

The base word here is tense, so to write tension, just drop the E and add our old noun-making friend, -ION.

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lavish

Which Means:

Very generous, luxurious or rich.

As In:

Image Their Thanksgiving feast was lavish; no one left hungry.

Heads Up!

It can also be used as a verb: Grandma lavishes kisses and hugs on us every time we visit her.

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endangered

Which Means:

Under threat of becoming extinct or harmed.

As In:

Image The gray wolf is an endangered animal.

Heads Up!

The prefix EN- means to put into, cover, or cause. In this case, it means to put something in danger.

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linger

Which Means:

To stay after or later than expected.

As In:

Image Tony lingered after class to get some extra help from his teacher.

Heads Up!

This word is pronounced with a hard G sound even though it comes before E.

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mutter

Which Means:

To mumble, to say something in an unclear way, barely heard.

As In:

Image Jake needs to avoid muttering when he speaks to a group.

Heads Up!

This word sounds like butter and you will mutter if you have too much butter in your mouth.

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prance

Which Means:

To move lightly and with spirit.

As In:

Image The horse pranced across the pasture to the stable.

Heads Up!

This word is spelled like dance, only with a PR.

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shrivel

Which Means:

To become smaller and wrinkled.

As In:

Image If you leave grapes and plums out to dry, they will shrivel and become raisins and prunes.

Heads Up!

Shrivel shrivels up into a single L at the end!

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swerve

Which Means:

To turn to one side suddenly.

As In:

Image On their way to Grandmother's house for Thanksgiving, they had to swerve to avoid hitting the huge wild turkey on the road!

Heads Up!

Don't forget the silent E at the end of this word or the middle one that is pronounced UH.

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usher

Which Means:

A person who shows people to their seat or showing people to their seats.

As In:

Image The usher showed the woman to her seat (ushered her to her seat).

Heads Up!

Put US and HER together and you will get this word.

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