From the Word Wizard Club...
September 8, 2008

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

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dozen

Which Means:

A group of 12 things.

As In:

Image How many dozen eggs did you buy?!

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A baker's dozen is 13 because some bakers give their customers an extra doughnut when they buy a dozen.

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berserk

Which Means:

Wild and really upset, either in a destructive or enthusiastic way; crazy.

As In:

Image Kent goes berserk every time he thinks of ice cream.

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The S can either be pronounced like a S or Z.

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inquisitive

Which Means:

Curious, likely to ask questions and find the answers.

As In:

Image Frankie has an inquisitive mind! He's always reading about something.

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QU here is pronounced KW.

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conquer

Which Means:

To win, get control over, or defeat in a battle or other competition.

As In:

Image The king will conquer the next country and put a flag atop the mountain.

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QU in conquer has just the K sound.

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elegantly

Which Means:

Gracefully, with refined, polished beauty.

As In:

Image The couple danced elegantly across the ballroom floor.

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When making an adverb, add -LY to the adjective to describe how the action of the verb is performed.

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automatically

Which Means:

Happening without help or an outside force.

As In:

Image The car wash cleaned the car automatically; Terry didn't have to lift a finger!

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This adverb ends in -LY. You might have to practice spelling this word until it comes automatically.

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barely

Which Means:

Just by the minimum, almost not.

As In:

Image Mr. Giraffe barely fit into the rollercoaster car!

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What is a homonym for 'bare'?

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cork

Which Means:

The brown tree bark that floats, often used in tack boards and making the plugs (corks) for bottles.

As In:

Image The children on the island placed a message in a bottle, put a cork in the mouth, and sent it off to sea.

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Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. Cork can be both a count and mass noun.

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gobbet

Which Means:

A piece, chunk, or bit of something (especially raw meat).

As In:

Image Herbert placed one gobbet of meat on his plate at a time, with vegetables in between.

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Think of gobbling gobbets when it comes to the spelling and meaning of 'gobbet'!

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assured

Which Means:

Sure, certain, and without doubt; confident.

As In:

Image Bill and Clay's plan was an assured success.

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This word is also a verb (assure), meaning to make certain and secure: Daphne assured Stuart she would be there at 10 o'clock.

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