From the Word Wizard Club...
December 17, 2007

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

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haul

Which Means:

To pull or carry with a car or truck.

As In:

Image This truck will haul the crop to the grain elevator.

Heads Up!

Remember, 'haul' sounds like 'hall' (they are homonyms) but is spelled differently.

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emerge

Which Means:

To rise out of, to come out of something, to become visible.

As In:

Image The worm emerged from the apple.

Heads Up!

What would an antonym for emerge be?

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enormous

Which Means:

Extremely big, huge.

As In:

Image He was so arrogant that his head became enormous.

Heads Up!

If you remember to spell the end of this word with -ous, then you have it right!

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painstakingly

Which Means:

Very carefully, paying attention to the smallest details.

As In:

Image He was a painter who painted painstakingly.

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This word is made up of two words: 'pains' and 'taking', plus the suffix -ly!

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pitcher

Which Means:

A container for pouring liquids.

As In:

Image Sylvester sat at his booth with a pitcher of lemonade and cups.

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This word also appears in sports, meaning the person who throws the ball to the batter.

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perish

Which Means:

To die or decay.

As In:

Image If you leave the fruit on the counter too long without eating it, it will perish.

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Perishable means "likely to die or rot". You might hear this word like this: Please donate non-perishable foods. What kind of food would you donate if they are non-perishable?

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wilderness

Which Means:

An area untouched by human beings, being completely natural.

As In:

Image We own a cabin in the Montana wilderness.

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The I in this word is a short one!

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tiresome

Which Means:

A word to use when you're talking about something that makes you tired.

As In:

Image Studying all day is tiresome!

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The suffix -some means to become like. Other examples with this suffix are bothersome and quarrelsome.

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stem

Which Means:

The stalk of a plant that holds the plant tall and strong.

As In:

Image The stem on this flower is long.

Heads Up!

Stem also means to stop: to stem a rumor, to stem a river from flowing, to stem bleeding.

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echo

Which Means:

The replay of a sound when it is emitted in a hollow place, like a cave or canyon.

As In:

Image The canyon replies with an echo of your voice if you yell into it.

Heads Up!

To make this word plural, add -ES: echoes.

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