From the Word Wizard Club...
May 5, 2008

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

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fowl

Which Means:

A large bird used as food, such as a hen, turkey, duck, or goose.

As In:

Image My uncle hunts wild fowl with his son.

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A homonym for 'fowl' is 'foul,' which means unpleasant or rude.

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flibbertigibbet

Which Means:

Someone who is flighty, unstable, or irresponsible.

As In:

Image We don't want to hire her; she's too much of a flibbertigibbet.

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Remember the T in the middle of this word, at the end of 'flibbert'.

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grudge

Which Means:

A feeling of resentment when you haven't forgiven someone for something they did to you.

As In:

Image Bobby is known for holding grudges against people who don't share his views.

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The D here is barely pronounced, but is wholly there when you write it!

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bushel

Which Means:

A measurement for dry items like grains or beans, especially in farming.

As In:

Image Mary sold a bushel of wheat.

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This word ends in EL.

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curious

Which Means:

When you eagerly want to know about something.

As In:

Image From the beginning, Ruth was curious about all animals and knew she wanted to work at the zoo.

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Curious' can also mean "odd" or "strange": Janet found a curious old object buried in the woods.

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refreshment

Which Means:

A means of restoring strength or spirit, often in the form of food or drink.

As In:

Image Can I offer you a refreshment after a long day at school?

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Refreshment has a suffix. What is it? What does it do to the root word?

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keg

Which Means:

A small cask or barrel.

As In:

Image Frank tried to finish the race by rolling forward on a keg!

Heads Up!

The spelling of 'keg' is pretty easy! What does keg rhyme with to help you remember its spelling?

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cleft

Which Means:

An dent or split.

As In:

Image The opera singer has a cleft in his chin.

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Clefts also split land or groups of people.

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namby-pamby

Which Means:

Wishy-washy, doubtful, and likely to change your mind.

As In:

Image Gregory was namby-pamby until the last minute. Then he made up his mind and cast his vote.

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This funny word is connected by a hyphen (-).

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desolate

Which Means:

Empty, deserted, and not taken care of.

As In:

Image Everyone thought the house was desolate, but it turned out to be haunted!

Heads Up!

The stress is on the first syllable of DES-o-late.

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