From the Word Wizard Club...
February 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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hornswoggle

Which Means:

To cheat someone, to swindle or hoax them.

As In:

Image Samuel could easily hornswoggle someone out of their money by having them guess which of the three cups the quarter was under.

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Remember that this word is like waggling horns: horns-woggle, but 'woggle' is pronounced WOGGLE.

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equator

Which Means:

The imaginary line that runs around the middle of the earth.

As In:

Image It is hottest near the equator.

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What countries lie near the earth's equator? If you can remember that, then you won't forget to spell this word with a QU.

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scroll

Which Means:

A text or document on a long, wide roll of paper or other material.

As In:

Image The actor dramatically opened a scroll before the play and read an introduction to entice the audience before showtime.

Heads Up!

You have probably used this word as a verb, mostly when looking at a website: Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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loop

Which Means:

A circle or something that has a circular shape.

As In:

Image One step in tying your shoes is to make a loop in the string.

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The word 'loop' has two loops in it!

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strict

Which Means:

Very firm in keeping to rules or limits.

As In:

Image My parents were very strict about how much TV I can watch.

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The forms of 'strict' are: strict, stricter, the strictest.

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brisk

Which Means:

Lively, spirited, quick.

As In:

Image Evelyn sailed along the sea in the brisk wind.

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A brisk wind can be risky: This word is spelled 'risk' with a B at the front.

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clippers

Which Means:

Any kind of instrument that trims or cuts small pieces off something.

As In:

Image You told me to get the clippers. Did you mean hair clippers, nail clippers, or hedge clippers?

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This word is spelled with an S at the end and takes a plural verb.

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flurry

Which Means:

A period of light snow. The plural is 'flurries'.

As In:

Image A flurry or two is forecasted for this evening.

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A 'flurry' also means a sudden commotion or excitement: During the holidays there is always a flurry of action at our house.

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confusion

Which Means:

When things are all mixed up and you can't think clearly, you are a state of confusion.

As In:

Image Let there be no confusion today! I love you!

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The suffix -ion is used to make nouns out of verbs and means action or a condition.

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invisible

Which Means:

When something or someone cannot be seen.

As In:

Image Gregory, when given the option to choose a super power, chose to be invisible. That's why we don't see a picture of him here!

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The prefix IN- on this word means 'not'. Other words with this same prefix are 'indirect' and 'inexpensive'.

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