From the Word Wizard Club...
November 24, 2008

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

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distress

Which Means:

Much pain, sadness, and suffering, or trouble.

As In:

Image Maria felt distress at watching her loved ones leave on the airplane.

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There is so much distress in this word that it has three Ss.

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sensor

Which Means:

A device that measures things like light, temperature, movement and then sends a signal to the machine it's connected to.

As In:

Image The hand thermometer had a sensor which tested the liquid's temperature.

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The 'er' sound at the end of 'sensor' is spelled OR.

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permit

Which Means:

A written license granting the right to do something.

As In:

Image You need a monthly permit to park here.

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You have a permit to spell this word one way.

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treat

Which Means:

To act a certain way toward a person, animal, or thing.

As In:

Image What is the best way to treat animals? With respect!

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A treat is also something special you don't get often. What is a treat for you?

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stadium

Which Means:

An arena for events (like sports or concerts) holding thousands of onlookers.

As In:

Image The baseball stadium was packed with sports fans.

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The stress is on the first syllable in 'stadium'.

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galoot

Which Means:

An awkward, clumsy, or foolish person.

As In:

Image Miss Mary is such a galoot! She trips over everything.

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You'd be a galoot to spell this word with only one O.

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loan

Which Means:

Anything given to someone that must be returned, especially money.

As In:

Image Many US students get a loan to pay for college.

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You cannot be loaned other letters to spell this word. All you need is L-O-A-N.

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siren

Which Means:

A device that creates a loud, wailing sound as a signal or warning.

As In:

Image The ambulance has a siren on top of it.

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Sound the siren! This word is spelled with an I and E.

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luxury

Which Means:

Anything that is elegant or expensive.

As In:

Image He owned several luxury cars; this is one of them.

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The word 'luxury' is so luxurious that it has two Us. 'Luxurious' has three!

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ordeal

Which Means:

A difficult situation.

As In:

Image Max hoped the principal would not make a big ordeal out of the situation.

Heads Up!

Spelling 'ordeal' surely isn't an ordeal; just put an OR before DEAL.

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