From the Word Wizard Club...
November 3, 2008

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

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gorge

Which Means:

A deep, rocky valley.

As In:

Image A rock fell into the gorge. Can you imagine the splash it would make?

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The O in 'gorge' splits this word!

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ripe

Which Means:

At the peak (highest point) of being ready to eat.

As In:

Image Look at these yummy ripe strawberries!

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The final E makes the I long.

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rash

Which Means:

A lots of tiny red bumps on the skin that itch.

As In:

Image Corey's entire arm broke out in a rash from poison ivy.

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'Rash' can also mean very quickly, without thinking: Carl said something rash and regretted it immediately.

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prediction

Which Means:

To say that something will happen in the future, to forecast.

As In:

Image Madame Crystal gave people her prediction of their futures.

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Miss Spelling makes the prediction you'll have this word memorized in no time.

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absorb

Which Means:

To collect or take in a liquid or other substance through openings.

As In:

Image Marcy's sponge will absorb the spill quickly.

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Two Bs are absorbed into this word!

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cycle

Which Means:

Several events that happen over and over again, forming a pattern.

As In:

Image The seasons are one example of a cycle that occurs in nature.

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If you spell 'cycle' over and over, you will get it right!

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shambles

Which Means:

A scene or condition of complete disorder or ruin.

As In:

Image How many times will your mother have to tell you, "Your room is a shambles! Clean it up!"

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You must use this word with "a": "They left the kitchen a shambles."

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mug

Which Means:

A sturdy (strong and solid) drinking cup with a handle.

As In:

Image My mother insists on drinking coffee from her favorite mug and wearing her pink slippers every morning!

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'Mug' can also mean someone's face, or their expression: What a cute mug she has!

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hesitate

Which Means:

To pause and wait a moment before doing or saying something, because you are unsure.

As In:

Image Will Megan hesitate every time she comes close to a pool?

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Don't hesitate upon spelling this word! It is spelled how it sounds.

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ton

Which Means:

A unit of weight equaling 2,000 pounds in the US or 2,240 pounds in the United Kingdom.

As In:

Image No trucks weighing over three tons are allowed here.

Heads Up!

How horrible would a REAL ton of homework be?!

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