From the Word Wizard Club...
September 10, 2007

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

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shortcut

Which Means:

A shorter way to get somewhere or a shorter way to do something.

As In:

Image My friend took us on a shortcut, but it took us longer to get there!

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This word is made up of two words: 'short' and 'cut'.

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scheme

Which Means:

An complicated plan to get something.

As In:

Image They came up with a crazy scheme to get through the city unnoticed.

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Be careful of the spelling of this word: the CH is pronounced like K!

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shenanigans

Which Means:

Playing tricks or causing trouble (usually playfully).

As In:

Image The boys were up to their shenanigans again.

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Although this word begins with 'she', boys do shenanigans, too!

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instance

Which Means:

The happening of something just one time.

As In:

Image There was only one instance of theft last year.

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The phrase 'for instance' is often used when using an example: The badger, for instance, is an animal that burrows.

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foul

Which Means:

Filthy, dirty, nasty.

As In:

Image Foul language is not allowed here, even if you're frustrated.

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The word 'fowl' means birds and chickens. Don't confuse the two even though 'foul' and 'fowl' sound the same.

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timbers

Which Means:

Pieces of wood used for building houses.

As In:

Image They bought the best timbers they could find to build their house with.

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You can also use the singular 'timber' which means wood in a forest: There is good timber in this forest.

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jagged

Which Means:

Having rough, sharp tooth-like notches.

As In:

Image The carpenter's saw has a jagged edge to cut with.

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This word is actually two syllables: jag-ged.

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struggle

Which Means:

To fight or have a hard time doing something.

As In:

Image Phil had to struggle to lift the heavy weights.

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This word can also be a noun: There was a struggle between the two families for years.

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glory

Which Means:

Famousness for doing something great or just being great.

As In:

Image The runner had all the glory in the world when he won the race.

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The Y in this word has a long E sound.

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deliberately

Which Means:

On purpose, planned, thought about doing it beforehand.

As In:

Image Randy deliberately set a table for one.

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'Deliberate' is the verb form that means "to think over": She deliberated for hours what she should do next.

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