From the Word Wizard Club...
November 26, 2007

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

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patients

Which Means:

Patients is plural for 'patient': a person who is treated by a doctor for an illness or other health concern.

As In:

Image The doctor saw several patients every day.

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'Patience' sounds like 'patients', but they don't mean the same thing! Sometime patients need a lot of patience waiting for the doctor.

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former

Which Means:

Previous, the one before.

As In:

Image I like my former teacher better than the one I have now.

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'Former' also means something that existed before, as the the former principal of our school (who is no longer there).

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brouhaha

Which Means:

Commotion, racket, a noisy situation or disruption.

As In:

Image He was afraid his workers would create brouhaha once he made the announcement.

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It won't be funny if you forget the O in this word!

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cultured

Which Means:

Refined and sophisticated.

As In:

Image These children grew up in a cultured family that enjoyed going to the opera.

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Another meaning of this word is to be artificially grown, as cultured pearls.

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ecological

Which Means:

Related to the study of earth around us and its effect on humans and animals.

As In:

Image Can you imagine the ecological effect on our environment if we had no bees?

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The prefix 'eco-' has a means the environment and nature, as in the words 'ecosystem' and 'ecology'.

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brute

Which Means:

A rough, insensitive person or beast.

As In:

Image The bullies on the playground are awful brutes.

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The adjective form of this word is 'brutal', meaning cruel and harsh.

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guilt

Which Means:

Shame for having done something wrong.

As In:

Image He felt guilt after he broke his mother's favorite tea pot.

Heads Up!

In 'guilt', the U comes before the I.

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fiddle-faddle

Which Means:

Nonsense, talk that means nothing but is confusing.

As In:

Image All you say is a bunch of fiddle-faddle!

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This word has a hyphen between the two words.

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hull

Which Means:

The outer covering of anything, including seeds or fruit.

As In:

Image The hull of seeds and grains contains the most nutrients.

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This word also means the hollow and lowest part of a ship below water, that supports the rest of the ship.

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navigate

Which Means:

To explore, to move from point to point.

As In:

Image The captain navigated the boat with confidence.

Heads Up!

Navigate has two As and one I.

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