From the Word Wizard Club...
March 31, 2008

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

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apologize

Which Means:

To say you are sorry.

As In:

Image Matthew called immediately to apologize for the words he said.

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'Apologize' has two Os.

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bashful

Which Means:

Shy and timid.

As In:

Image Don't be bashful, help yourself to more cookies!

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You can make this adjective into a noun by adding -ness: 'bashfulness'.

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maiden

Which Means:

A young, unmarried girl or woman.

As In:

Image The maiden accepted the lad's (boy's) offer or marriage.

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Maiden' can also be an adjective meaning 'first': The maiden voyage of the ship was in 1849.

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hoosegow

Which Means:

A jail, usually a local one.

As In:

Image Ralph got put in the hoosegow for driving drunk.

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Tracing this word back, it comes from the Spanish word 'juzgado' (jail), which comes from the Latin 'iudicare' (judge) and its root 'ius' (law).

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nostril

Which Means:

The part of the nose through which air is pulled through to breathe.

As In:

Image People have a nostril on each side of the nose.

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Did you know that we usually only breathe through one nostril at a time? They alternate about every four hours. Interesting!

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marine

Which Means:

Having to do with the sea or the ocean.

As In:

Image Since a young boy, Walter loved marine life.

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The I in 'marine' has a long E sound.

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clam

Which Means:

A salt or freshwater shellfish with two shells it can open and close by using a big muscle.

As In:

Image Each clam supports the weight of this crab.

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'Clam up' is a phrase often used to describe when someone suddenly stops talking.

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porcelain

Which Means:

A type of clay that when fired becomes hard and white; it is often used in dishes and other products.

As In:

Image My parents have an old porcelain bathtub.

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Remember to spell the last sound of 'lin' with the letters LAIN.

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rigmarole

Which Means:

A complicated and confusing process that does not make sense.

As In:

Image Looking at the instructions for using the lock, Kee Pout said, "This looks like a bunch of rigmarole!"

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Spelling this word can be easy if you remember its syllables: rig-ma-role. You can also spell and say it 'rigamarole'.

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