From the Word Wizard Club...
July 9, 2007

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

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treason

Which Means:

Betrayal, giving away secrets, being unfaithful to you country.

As In:

Image The soldier committed treason when he told the enemy where his camp was.

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This word is 'reason' with a T in front.

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ancestor

Which Means:

People in your family before you were born, long ago.

As In:

Image My ancestors were from Russia.

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Keep the C and S in the order they appear in the alphabet!

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awkwardly

Which Means:

Not gracefully or smoothly, roughly, in a way that is uncomfortable or embarrassing.

As In:

Image He moved awkwardly in his big costume.

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The two Ws might look awkward in this word, but they belong on either side of the K.

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cove

Which Means:

A small bay or hollowed out place in a river, sea, or mountain.

As In:

Image They canoed into the cove and went swimming there.

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Even though 'cove' and 'dove' are spelled similarly, they are said differently.

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crumple

Which Means:

To smash and crush.

As In:

Image She loves to crumple paper and toss it in the wastebasket. She makes it every time!

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This word is often used with UP: She crumpled up the paper.

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excuse

Which Means:

A reason why something happened.

As In:

Image "The dog ate my homework" is not a good excuse!

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Remember to take off the last E when you add -ing: 'excusing'.

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grit

Which Means:

Tiny rough pieces, like sand.

As In:

Image After being at the beach all day, everything was covered with grit.

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Grit sounds like what it is: rough! 'Gritty' would be the adjective: The surface is still gritty.

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lament

Which Means:

To show deep sadness or regret.

As In:

Image Looking at the photo makes Teddy lament that his friend moved away.

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Lament also means to complain: He lamented about the length of the line at the supermarket.

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muffler

Which Means:

A heavy scarf you can wear around your neck to keep it warm.

As In:

Image In the winter, a good muffler will protect your neck from the cold!

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A muffler can also mean the part of the car that the exhaust moves through, making the car quiet.

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overalls

Which Means:

A pair of pants with suspenders of the same material worn over your regular clothes to protect them when you work.

As In:

Image Joe wore overalls whenever he worked on the farm.

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Overalls is always plural.

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