From the Word Wizard Club...
November 2, 2009

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challenge

Which Means:

The call to participate in a difficult task or contest, in order to prove your skill.

As In:

Image The swordsman stepped up to the challenge and won.

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It's not too much of a challenge to add two L's!

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generator

Which Means:

A machine that converts energy into another form, such as mechanical into electrical, to provide power.

As In:

Image My parents have a generator just in case the electricity or heat goes out, so we can still use the lights.

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

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acre

Which Means:

A land or sea measure equal to 4,840 square yards or 43,560 square feet (used in Great Britain and the USA).

As In:

Image The farmer gazed out over his one acre of farmland.

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The 'er' sound in 'acre' is spelled RE.

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gain

Which Means:

To get (more of) something because of effort toward it.

As In:

Image Marcia gained the sheriff's favor to help look for her missing dog.

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You'll gain points with Miss Spelling if you remember the long A sound is spelled AI.

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injured

Which Means:

Hurt or wounded.

As In:

Image Rover had to use crutches to walk with his injured leg.

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When you put add a -ed to 'injure', you have the past tense, which is also an adjective!

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spice

Which Means:

A strong tasting or smelling plant product like cinnamon or pepper used to season food.

As In:

Image Miss Millie always uses too much spice in her cooking.

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To make 'spice' into an adjective, change the E to a Y: spicy.

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compartment

Which Means:

A separate, enclosed space that is part of a larger space.

As In:

Image Each egg fit snugly inside its compartment.

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Each syllable can be separated into its own com-part-ment.

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sponge

Which Means:

An aquatic invertebrate that attaches to stones or plants and that has a porous (has holes) structure and a tough, elastic skeleton.

As In:

Image Certain types of sponges can be used by people for cleaning and padding, but nowadays most sponges are manmade.

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The E at the end of 'sponge' is silent.

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handful

Which Means:

An amount of something that fills up the palm and fingers when cupped.

As In:

Image Nancy loves to scoop up a handful of dirt in the spring when she plants the garden.

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What a practical word: A hand full of something! Only we combine the two words and drop the last L.

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field

Which Means:

An open area of land without trees where crops grow or animals graze.

As In:

Image The cow grazes slowly in the field.

Heads Up!

The I comes before E in 'field' since they are NOT after C.

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accumulate

Which Means:

Building up, increasing, or growing over time.

As In:

Image Bernard watched the snow accumulate during the winter storm.

Heads Up!

The -ing form of a verb is the present participle. 'Accumulate' is the base verb.

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