From the Word Wizard Club...
April 21, 2008

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

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offend

Which Means:

To irritate someone by insulting them.

As In:

Image If you speak without thinking, you may offend someone.

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Offend' has two Fs and spells out 'off+end'.

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palace

Which Means:

A large mansion where people of royalty live. Sometimes a palace is the headquarters of government or religion.

As In:

Image Buckingham Palace is where the Queen of England lives, and where guards called "Beefeaters" stand watch.

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The stress is on the first syllable in 'palace'; remember--pa+lace.

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pods

Which Means:

The long cases that hold seeds, as in peas and beans.

As In:

Image We shelled pea pods all afternoon on the back porch and had a great conversation.

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Singular of 'pods' is 'pod'.

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mingle

Which Means:

To mix with or mix together.

As In:

Image Sheila loves to mingle at parties.

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Another example is this: In the cake mix, flour will mingle with sugar.

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violent

Which Means:

Happening with strong and often harsh force.

As In:

Image The violent storm took the roof off their home.

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The I and O in 'violent' are both pronounced.

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badge

Which Means:

A symbolic object like a pin, patch, or emblem that shows membership or achievement.

As In:

Image The Boy Scouts can earn a merit badge for any subject they are interested in.

Heads Up!

Remember the D when spelling this word!

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swallow

Which Means:

To move food or drink down the throat to the stomach.

As In:

Image Don't talk when you swallow food or you may choke.

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A swallow is also a kind of small songbird.

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snarky

Which Means:

Irritable and grumpy.

As In:

Image Just ignore Bill in the mornings. He always wakes up in a snarky mood.

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This word sounds like what it means.

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botanist

Which Means:

A person who studies plants and plant life.

As In:

Image To be a botanist would be fascinating!

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This word comes from the Greek words 'botanikos' and 'botane', which means "plants".

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glint

Which Means:

A little quick flash of light.

As In:

Image Watch the diamond glint as the jeweler holds it up to the light.

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The verb 'glint' can be used like this: Her rings glint in the firelight as she knits a shawl.

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