From the Word Wizard Club...
January 29, 2007

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

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restless

Which Means:

Not having enough sleep, or not being able to relax.

As In:

Image Alan started to whistle and tap his fingers as he became restless while waiting.

Heads Up!

The suffix here -less means "without"; in this case, it means without rest.

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monitor

Which Means:

Watch, oversee, follow.

As In:

Image At hospitals, they monitor their charts and machines carefully.

Heads Up!

Although the end of this word sounds like -er, remember to spell it -OR. (It can also mean a computer screen.)

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conversation

Which Means:

When people talk and listen to share information.

As In:

Image They were supposed to be having a conversation, but after hearing about her cats for an hour, Harold grew bored.

Heads Up!

You can shorten this word to converse, a verb that means to talk together, "They conversed for an hour."

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due

Which Means:

When something has a deadline.

As In:

Image I'm due at the library at 10:15! I have to go.

Heads Up!

This word sounds just like dew but is spelled differently. These two words are HOMOPHONES.

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earthquake

Which Means:

When the ground shakes because different parts of the earth are moving or sliding against one another.

As In:

Image The last earthquake ruined their home, splitting it in half.

Heads Up!

QU always sounds like a kw sound, just like queen, quick and quiet except at the end of words like unique.

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ornery

Which Means:

Mean, hard to get along with.

As In:

Image Our next door neighbor was so ornery that we didn't like to meet him.

Heads Up!

Ornery developed from the word ordinary. Ordinary was not viewed as a positive word, so ornery developed from its negative meaning.

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shabby

Which Means:

Used, worn, or not in good condition.

As In:

Image The old cabin was becoming shabby due to neglect.

Heads Up!

Don't forget to change the Y to I before suffixes as in shabbier and shabbiest.

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summon

Which Means:

To call or request.

As In:

Image The queen summoned the knight and asked him to kneel and kiss her hand.

Heads Up!

A paper summoning someone is a summons; two would be summonses.

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spike

Which Means:

A sharp point, often made of metal, or the act of making them.

As In:

Image Trevor uses gel and glue in his green hair to spike it.

Heads Up!

Remember, I is pronounced the way it sounds if followed by a silent E.

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pier

Which Means:

A walkway leading out into the water, supported by posts called pilings, and used by ships for loading and unloading and by others for fishing.

As In:

Image The pier is my favorite place to sit and watch the ocean.

Heads Up!

Don't confuse this word with peer, the verb meaning "to stare" that is pronounced the same way.

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