From the Word Wizard Club...
March 10, 2008

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

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la-di-da

Which Means:

Pretending to be elegant, fancy, or rich.

As In:

Image Linus was so la-di-da that he liked to light his cigar with a one hundred dollar bill!

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You will hear this word more often as an interjection used when people are sarcastic about how fancy or special something is: "Well, la-di-da! You bought five new dresses!"

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ditch

Which Means:

A long narrow dug out area in the ground that carries off water.

As In:

Image The car slid off the slippery road and into the ditch.

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Don't forget the T in 'ditch'.

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cobblestone

Which Means:

A rounded rock used in making roads or streets.

As In:

Image Shown here is a cobblestone area in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

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This is a compound word made of 'cobble' and 'stone'.

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tortilla

Which Means:

A flat, circular type of bread (like a thin pancake) that is folded and can hold meat, beans and sauces.

As In:

Image How many tortillas would you like?

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The Spanish word contains two Ls, which are pronounced as a Y sound: tor-TEE-yuh.

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maneuver

Which Means:

To move carefully and skillfully.

As In:

Image Thomas can maneuver the car well through bad weather conditions.

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The U sound in 'maneuver' is spelled EU.

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eldest

Which Means:

This is an old superlative form of the word 'old'; it means the same as 'oldest'.

As In:

Image My eldest sister takes care of us after school. (You must have more than two sisters to say this.)

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Although this word is old-fashioned, it is fun to use. The old forms are 'old', 'elder', and 'eldest'.

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nip

Which Means:

To pinch or bite.

As In:

Image Fred fed the dog carefully so it wouldn't nip his fingers.

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Cold weather can also 'nip' at your skin because the air is so cold that it 'bites'.

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regulation

Which Means:

A rule or guideline.

As In:

Image Name one regulation in soccer.

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Do you know what the verb form of 'regulation' is? Regulate!

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ceiling

Which Means:

The top 'wall' of a room from which lights hang.

As In:

Image A ceiling fan hangs from the ceiling of our living room.

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The E sound in this word is spelled with an EI.

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darning

Which Means:

The act of repairing holes in clothing by hand with a needle and thread or with a sewing machine.

As In:

Image Edna has darning to do tonight.

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If darning is done carefully and with thread the same color as the material, you will not be able to see where the hole was. Darning is essentially weaving new fabric.

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