From the Word Wizard Club...
January 25, 2010

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original

Which Means:

The very first of something. Can also mean not copied or imitated.

As In:

Image The original Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, hangs in a museum (the Louvre) in Paris, France.

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The short I sounds give you a clue to the spelling: o-rig-in-al.

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loot

Which Means:

Anything taken by stealing, or robbing during times of war.

As In:

Image The pirate escaped with his bag of loot.

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Imagine the two Os in 'loot' are the coins that the pirate escaped with.

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fraction

Which Means:

A number expressed with one number over the other (a/b) that signifies part of a whole.

As In:

Image Everything in the store was 1/2 off the original price!

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Fraction' has a hard C sound.

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legend

Which Means:

A legend is a story handed down by tradition in a culture, sometimes regarded as true.

As In:

Image Mermaids are an example of creatures in a legend.

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It's no legend that 'legend' has two Es and a soft G sound.

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shrill

Which Means:

Having a very high pitch and piercing sound.

As In:

Image The girls sang together and sounded fine, except for the one shrill voice that rose above the rest.

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Shrill is so high that it has two Ls at the end!

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festival

Which Means:

A large community celebration of some important event important with music, feasting, dancing, and the like.

As In:

Image Festivals are an important part of every culture.

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The word 'festival' ends in -VAL.

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vault

Which Means:

A large safe, a box made out of fireproof, waterproof metal to keep precious belongings.

As In:

Image The banker kept his money in a vault.

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The consonants in 'vault' keep the vowels safe.

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tomb

Which Means:

A vault or stone container either underground or above ground for the dead.

As In:

Image When the man died, he was buried in a vault.

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The B in tomb is silent.

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tattoo

Which Means:

A permanent mark or drawing on the skin made with a needle and ink.

As In:

Image The sailor had a tattoo of an anchor on his hand.

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The word 'tattoo' is tattooed with two Ts and two Os.

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microscope

Which Means:

An instrument that produces an enlarged image of an extremely small object.

As In:

Image The scientist examined the bacteria under the microscope.

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'Micro' means very small. Scope means to enlarge.

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