From the Word Wizard Club...
November 5, 2007

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

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pouch

Which Means:

A small bag or sack.

As In:

Image The pouch holds about 100 marbles.

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The OU in this word makes an OW! sound like it hurts.

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rudder

Which Means:

A blade on a boat or airplane that turns it to the left or right.

As In:

Image The rudder on the boat got stuck, so they could only move in one direction!

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Remember the two Ds in 'rudder'!

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hasty

Which Means:

Carelessly quick, in a hurry, without paying attention to detail.

As In:

Image Gretchen was hasty in drinking her cup of tea and spilled some on her dress.

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The A in this word has a long sound.

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brilliant

Which Means:

Bright, shiny, or very, very smart.

As In:

Image The brilliant diamond blinded my eyes!

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This word is so shiny and bright that it has two Is and two Ls!

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cavalry

Which Means:

Historically, that part of an army that fights on horseback.

As In:

Image The cavalry fought hard during the battle.

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There is only one L in this word and it comes before the -RY.

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lunar

Which Means:

Related to the moon.

As In:

Image Did you see the lunar eclipse last night?

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A related word is 'lunatic', a crazy person, because people once thought that looking at the moon made you crazy.

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interior

Which Means:

Located on the inside.

As In:

Image She redesigned the interior of the house.

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The prefix IN- means on the inside. Do you know what prefix means on the outside? (EX-).

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blither

Which Means:

To talk foolishly, to babble without thinking.

As In:

Image She will blither for hours if you ask her about her cats!

Heads Up!

In 'blither' we have a short I sound.

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famine

Which Means:

Mass starvation, a great food shortage leaving many people hungry.

As In:

Image Countries and people who experience famine do not see tables like this.

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Even though 'famine' has an E at the end, it has a short I sound in '-mine'.

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abstract

Which Means:

Not realistic or easily understood, not containing anything recognizable.

As In:

Image The artist admired his friend's abstract painting.

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The opposite of abstract is 'concrete', meaning real and easily understood.

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