From the Word Wizard Club...
January 18, 2008

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

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calf

Which Means:

A young cow, bull, elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, or whale.

As In:

Image The young calf followed its mother.

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The calf is also part of a human's leg between the ankle and knee on the back side.

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knead

Which Means:

To press and roll with the hands.

As In:

Image The baker knows that you need to knead bread before baking it.

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If you have a cat, maybe you have seen them knead a blanket before lying down.

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column

Which Means:

A pillar used to support a roof or beam.

As In:

Image The columns of the old Greek building were crumbling.

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This word can also mean a vertical row or list of something, such as a column in a newspaper, or a column of words.

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gnarled

Which Means:

Curled, twisted, full of knots and tangles.

As In:

Image The old gnarled trees near the abandoned house looked spooky in the moonlight.

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In 'gnarled', you don't hear the G.

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bristle

Which Means:

A stiff hair, like on a pig, or anything resembling stiff hair.

As In:

Image A bristle fell out of my brush and stuck to my painting!

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This can also be a verb meaning to stand or become stiff like a bristle: Every time I hear his name, I bristle!

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snoop

Which Means:

To secretly look around at things that aren't yours.

As In:

Image It's not polite to snoop!

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This can also be a noun meaning a person who likes to do this: Be careful of Maria - she's such a snoop!

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sprawled

Which Means:

Spread and stretched widely.

As In:

Image Stuart was sprawled in the lounge chair.

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What piece of furniture do you like to sprawl on?

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remain

Which Means:

To stay in the same condition or place.

As In:

Image We promised to remain friends and keep in touch by mail.

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The second meaning could be used like this: How long will you remain in Spain?

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insistent

Which Means:

Refusing to give up on something, demanding that something happen.

As In:

Image The car salesman was insistent that this was the best car for me.

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When someone is insistent, you may feel pressured and obligated to agree or do as they say.

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