From the Word Wizard Club...
July 30, 2007

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

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panjandrum

Which Means:

An important person, or someone who thinks he or she is important.

As In:

Image When Grant got the letter from the president, he thought he was a grand panjandrum.

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Panjandrum has three syllables: PAN, JAN, and DRUM.

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reef

Which Means:

An area of rocks or coral close to the surface of water.

As In:

Image There are many beautiful fish in a barrier reef.

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Do you know where some barrier reefs in the world are?

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stun

Which Means:

To shock and put into a daze.

As In:

Image Nell was stunned by the news she read in the newspaper. It couldn't be true!

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'Stunning' is the adjective form of this word, and you can use it to describe someone who looks very attractive, usually a woman: She looked stunning last evening.

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subdue

Which Means:

To bring under control or make quieter.

As In:

Image The boy couldn't subdue his laughter in the library. The comics were too funny!

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You can remember the spelling of this word by breaking it up into two words: SUB and DUE.

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yahoo

Which Means:

A rude or tasteless person.

As In:

Image There weren't any yahoos in this house!

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Yahoo is also a shout of excitement or happiness: Yahoo!

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fiber

Which Means:

A teeny-weeny string, like a hair.

As In:

Image Thread for sewing is made up of many fibers twisted together.

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A person who tells fibs is a fibber, not a fiber, so count your Bs in this word.

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banner

Which Means:

A kind of flag that is hung or flown on special occasions.

As In:

Image For the parade the students created a school banner for their float.

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Remember the two Ns in this word.

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drone

Which Means:

A male honey bee that does not sting and does not work.

As In:

Image Whether it's a bee or a person, drones don't do any work.

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This word can also be a verb meaning to speak in a boring voice: The worker droned on and on about how he disliked his job.

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wabbit

Which Means:

Extremely tired.

As In:

Image After running at soccer practice all day, I was really wabbit.

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This silly word sounds similar to 'rabbit', and it spelled almost the same way-but it isn't!

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candle

Which Means:

A piece of wax with a string (the wick) in the middle that gives off light as it burns.

As In:

Image The candle blew out when the wind came through the window.

Heads Up!

Remember the L goes before the E in this one.

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