From the Word Wizard Club...
April 2, 2007

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

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sketch

Which Means:

To make quick drawings or a plan.

As In:

Image The architect quickly sketched his idea for the house.

Heads Up!

Remember the silent T before the CH!

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communicate

Which Means:

To share information.

As In:

Image She wishes that someone would communicate to her that she had won the lottery!

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Don't forget the two Ms in this word and all the Cs sound like K.

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devise

Which Means:

To create and make.

As In:

Image They must devise a plan to construct the new building.

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The S in this word sounds like a Z.

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heroic

Which Means:

Worthy of a hero, bold, daring, brave.

As In:

Image The cowboy sheriff showed heroic character by saving the old lady.

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This word is easy to remember: just add -IC to the end of HERO.

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fuddy-duddy

Which Means:

An old-fashioned person who does not want to change.

As In:

Image Bill was an old fuddy-duddy who liked doing things his way.

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Remember the hyphen (-) between these two words and the four Ds!

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cling

Which Means:

To stay extremely close to, or stick to.

As In:

Image The vines cling to the wall.

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The past tense of cling is clung.

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snug

Which Means:

Close or tight fitting.

As In:

Image Marcy liked wearing her snug jacket even though it was a bit small.

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Has your mother ever told you that you look as "snug as a bug in a rug"?

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ominous

Which Means:

Dark, threatening, or predicting disaster.

As In:

Image The sky looked ominous as we hurried home after school.

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An omen is a dark or threatening sign. Ominous is the adjective for this noun.

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trifle

Which Means:

An unimportant matter or thing.

As In:

Image Stealing is no trifle.

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This word also means "a little": I'll eat just a trifle of chocolate, but no more.

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makeshift

Which Means:

Describing a temporary substitute made from things you already have, used until you can get a real one.

As In:

Image The boxes will be makeshift storage until Sara can find closet space.

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People who can create makeshift things are people who can 'shift' for themselves, finding creative solutions.

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