From the Word Wizard Club...
April 20, 2009

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

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freeze

Which Means:

To harden or make hard by becoming cold, to change from a liquid to a solid state.

As In:

Image It is so cold out today that if Jack goes outside, his breath will freeze in mid-air!

Heads Up!

This word freezes with three Es right where they are.

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reluctantly

Which Means:

Unwillingly, hesitantly, with doubts.

As In:

Image Bradley reluctantly looked over the fence he thought might be too high to jump over.

Heads Up!

Are you reluctantly spelling this word? Just ad an -LY to 'reluctant'.

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worthwhile

Which Means:

Good or important enough to be done, having enough value to justify the time spent doing it.

As In:

Image Benita thought it was worthwhile to save for her bike instead of spending the money on something else.

Heads Up!

It's worth your while to slow down and spell 'worthwhile' correctly.

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vanish

Which Means:

To suddenly disappear, become invisible.

As In:

Image Greg always teases his mom that he can make her apple pie vanish!

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May your spelling troubles vanish into thin air!

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occasion

Which Means:

A certain event or happening that may be important.

As In:

Image A wedding is a special occasion for many families.

Heads Up!

You will have many occasions to spell 'occasion' with two Cs and one S.

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marvel

Which Means:

Something so wonderful you can hardly believe it.

As In:

Image The Egyptian pyramids are marvels!

Heads Up!

What a marvel this word is to be spelled with -EL at the end.

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malarkey

Which Means:

Foolish talk, nonsense and lies.

As In:

Image Beth told Alaine, "That's a bunch of malarkey!"

Heads Up!

Just remember to spell this one with two As and -KEY at the end. That's no malarkey!

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protrude

Which Means:

To stick or jut out.

As In:

Image Students will not protrude their tongues during class.

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The letters PRO- protrude on this word!

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percent

Which Means:

The amount or portion of something based on the number 100.

As In:

Image The books Leonard bought were 20% off! (That means they cost only 8/10 of their normal price.)

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'Percent' comes from the Modern Latin per centum, which means 'by the hundred'.

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despair

Which Means:

A feeling of hopelessness and defeat (loss).

As In:

Image After one month on the deserted island, Markus began to feel despair.

Heads Up!

The stress is on the second syllable in 'despair'. Don't despair if it takes a few tries to get it right!

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