From the Word Wizard Club...
October 1, 2007

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

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shutters

Which Means:

The outside coverings, often wooden, of windows on a house.

As In:

Image The wind was so strong that it blew the shutters off the old house.

Heads Up!

It is funny that these days you can't always shut the shutters on your windows.

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division

Which Means:

Separating into parts or a separate part of something.

As In:

Image Nell worked in the playground division of the park service.

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The verb for this word is 'divide': She divided the class into four groups.

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novel

Which Means:

A long story in a book containing characters and a plot.

As In:

Image Madison couldn't stop reading her favorite novel.

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Novel can also mean "new": It was a novel idea but not a good one.

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snickersnee

Which Means:

A long knife that looks like a sword.

As In:

Image The pirate used his snickersnee to free himself from the ropes around his ankles.

Heads Up!

This word is funny because it comes from another language: Dutch.

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nursery

Which Means:

The place where young plants are grown and sold.

As In:

Image Billy worked in the nursery all summer long to earn some extra money.

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A nursery can also be a place designed for the care of babies and children.

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cloudy

Which Means:

Having clouds in it, as a cloudy sky that means rain or snow.

As In:

Image They had cloudy weather for days now, and it made them sad.

Heads Up!

Replace the Y with I before -er and -est: cloudier, or the cloudiest day of the year.

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dedicate

Which Means:

To work hard for something or someone and hardly anything else.

As In:

Image Nuns dedicate their whole life to religious service.

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What is your favorite thing to dedicate time to?

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thrive

Which Means:

To flourish, to grow well and vigorously.

As In:

Image Flowers thrive in sun.

Heads Up!

Take off the E on the end before adding -ing or -ed: thriving, thrived.

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hover

Which Means:

To hang in the air over a spot, to remain floating about one place or object.

As In:

Image The basketball player seemed to hover in the air as he jumped to shoot the ball.

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The O in this word has a short UH sound, not the O sound in 'over.'

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husky

Which Means:

Deep and rough (a voice) or having big muscles (a body).

As In:

Image The men in the cowboy movie were husky and had husky voices.

Heads Up!

Don't forget to change the Y to I when you add suffixes: huskier, huskiest, huskiness.

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