From the Word Wizard Club...
October 19, 2009

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

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pedestal

Which Means:

A post or base for other things to rest on, especially sculpture.

As In:

Image The trainer taught the tiger how to stand on two pedestals.

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Maybe one day you can put your spelling trophy on a pedestal.

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attendant

Which Means:

A person who takes care of or goes along with another person.

As In:

Image The zoo attendant brushes the zebra.

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Attendant' comes with an ANT at the end.

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scholarship

Which Means:

Financial support for study at a school or university.

As In:

Image My brother went to college on a football scholarship.

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A 'scholar' is someone who knows a lot about a subject, so 'scholarship' can also mean the knowledge that a scholar has.

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uvula

Which Means:

A soft punching-bag piece of flesh hanging down in the back of the mouth.

As In:

Image Bert opened his mouth so wide we could see his uvula.

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The Us in 'uvula' are the actual shape of a uvula!

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heap

Which Means:

A pile of things thrown or placed on top of each other.

As In:

Image I got so much hair cut off that the hairstylist was able to sweep it into a heap!

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The EA makes a long E sound in 'heap'.

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severed

Which Means:

Cut off from the main part of something.

As In:

Image The lizard's tail was severed during a fight but grew back on later!

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The three Es in 'severed' sever this word.

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storage

Which Means:

The place where things are held and kept safe until needed.

As In:

Image My grandparents had a lot of things in storage, including this chest. What could be inside?

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Plenty of storage in 'storage' for an O, A, and E. (Think 'store' but drop the E and add -AGE.)

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release

Which Means:

To set free, to let something go and allow it to leave.

As In:

Image The woman will release the birds from her hands as part of the cultural ceremony.

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See the word 'ease' in 'release'? That's how you can spell it, with ease!

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furious

Which Means:

Extremely angry or mad. It can also mean very, very fast, as furious work.

As In:

Image Being furious doesn't make a pretty face!

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You don't have to be furious to spell 'furious'; from the base word 'fury', change the Y to I and add -OUS.

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site

Which Means:

A place fitted or chosen for any certain use, especially for a building.

As In:

Image The leaders chose the site for the new hospital.

Heads Up!

A homonym for 'site' is 'sight'. 'Sight' has to do with seeing; don't confuse it with 'site'.

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