From the Word Wizard Club...
February 19, 2007

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

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crapulence

Which Means:

Feeling bad from eating or drinking too much.

As In:

Image Tyler suffered from crapulence after the Thanksgiving meal.

Heads Up!

This word sounds like something much different than what it is!

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driftwood

Which Means:

Branches or pieces of trees that have floated in water for a long time and wash to shore.

As In:

Image Driftwood is often a habitat for birds and fish as it floats in water.

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This compound word says exactly what it is: wood that drifts.

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sturdy

Which Means:

Firm and strong.

As In:

Image He needed the sturdy step stool to reach the box on the top shelf.

Heads Up!

Remember to spell this word with a U, not an E.

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feast

Which Means:

A meal with lots of food for everyone.

As In:

Image We had a huge feast last night with our whole family.

Heads Up!

EA usually sounds like EE, as in 'east', 'beast', and 'feast' but before V and D is sometimes sounds like just E, as in 'head', 'bread', 'heavy'.

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squiggle

Which Means:

To make little movements or marks back and forth.

As In:

Image Gretchen squiggled on the paper with her pencil.

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The two Gs in this word really squiggle!

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superb

Which Means:

Having the best quality, excellent.

As In:

Image He wrote a superb essay.

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Superb, with a B, is even better than super, which doesn't have one.

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tribute

Which Means:

A gift or expression of appreciation or thankfulness.

As In:

Image Shandra gave a plaque as a tribute for their hard work and success.

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The silent E makes the U sound just like its name: YU.

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crew

Which Means:

A group of people in charge of something.

As In:

Image The crew worked together on the mission.

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The U sound in this word is spelled EW, like 'new' and 'mew'.

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errand

Which Means:

A task that must be taken care of by going someplace.

As In:

Image After grocery shopping, Marty's next errand is to go to the post office.

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Don't forget the two Rs in this word.

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smushy

Which Means:

Squishy, soft, can be flattened or shaped.

As In:

Image Jill's marshmallow was smushy when she started roasting it; then it burned!

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Another synonym for this word is mushy.

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