From the Word Wizard Club...
March 17, 2008

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

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grate

Which Means:

To slice into many tiny pieces. (Homonym of 'great')

As In:

Image Grate the cheese and then sprinkle on the pizza!

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'Grate' can also mean to rub against each other and make an irritating sound or feeling: Clarence grates his teeth when he grates his fingernails on the chalkboard.

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great

Which Means:

Many in number or large in size. (Homonym of 'grate')

As In:

Image There were a great number of guests at the party.

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'Great' also means "better than good." The forms of this word are: 'great', 'greater', and 'greatest'.

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soul

Which Means:

The spiritual part of people or animals. (Homonym of 'sole')

As In:

Image Some people believe animals have souls. What do you think?

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Don't forget the U in 'soul' and your soul is in you.

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sole

Which Means:

The underside of something, especially the foot or a shoe. (Homonym of 'soul')

As In:

Image I walked so much there is a hole in my shoe sole! I must take it to be fixed.

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'Sole' also means the only one of: Grace was the sole survivor of the plane crash and walked away unharmed.

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waste

Which Means:

To use only a little bit of and throw the rest away. (Homonym of 'waist')

As In:

Image Nathan was careful not to waste any paper in making his project.

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'Waste' can also be a noun meaning what is thrown out or not used: You can make a difference in the environment and not create much waste.

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waist

Which Means:

The area around the middle of your body, above your hips and below your ribs. (Homonym of 'waste')

As In:

Image Corsets during the Middle Ages were fashionable, making women have small waists.

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To remember how to spell 'waist', maybe you can think that 'I' have a 'waist'.

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bass

Which Means:

A low sound or pitch. (Homonym of 'base')

As In:

Image Charles could sing bass notes with ease.

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'Bass' is also a kind of freshwater fish: My brother loves to fish for bass (but in this case it rhymes with 'grass').

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base

Which Means:

The bottom support of a structure. (Homonym of 'bass')

As In:

Image The base of the vase was narrow.

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Base is also the thing you run across when you've hit a homerun!

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cereal

Which Means:

The plant that contains a grain, or the grain itself. (Homonym of 'serial')

As In:

Image What cereal is in your cereal?

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The C in 'cereal' is pronounced S because it comes before an E.

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serial

Which Means:

Referring to anything that happens in a row, one after another. (Homonym of 'cereal')

As In:

Image Bobby recently wrote serial novels about a little boy's adventures in the wilderness.

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You may know the word 'series' already: If you watch television, perhaps you have a favorite series of TV episodes.

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