From the Word Wizard Club...
February 15, 2010

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brand-new

Which Means:

Completely unused or totally fresh, or freshly made.

As In:

Image My parents saved enough money to buy a brand-new car.

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Remember the hyphen between these two words!

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shampoo

Which Means:

To clean the head and hair (or anything) with a special soap (also called shampoo).

As In:

Image The hairstylist will first shampoo the customer's hair.

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Think of the two Os in 'shampoo' as bubbles!

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expensive

Which Means:

Costing a lot of money, pricey, not cheap.

As In:

Image Richmond always preferred to write with an expensive fountain pen.

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Some pens can be very exPENsive!

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automated

Which Means:

Equipped to perform, do, or make on its own.

As In:

Image ATMs are automated machines at banks that give you cash like a robotic teller.

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The base verb here is 'automate': to make into a mechanical process without a lot of human help.

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data

Which Means:

Factual information used to support research or an argument.

As In:

Image All of Damien's address data were stored electronically.

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Data is plural and needs a plural verb. One piece of data is a datum!

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elementary

Which Means:

Dealing with the basic or fundamental principles of a subject.

As In:

Image My sister is in elementary school and is learning the ABCs.

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All the vowels in 'elementary' are Es except one A.

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undersea

Which Means:

Located or operating beneath the sea or ocean.

As In:

Image Many forms of life live undersea!

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This compound word is made of UNDER and SEA.

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unpleasant

Which Means:

Not enjoyed or liked; not pleasing.

As In:

Image Stuart's dentist makes sure his visit is not unpleasant.

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The suffix UN- means 'not'.

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naturalist

Which Means:

Someone who studies nature or natural history, such as botany or zoology.

As In:

Image Stephanie was naturalist who studied birds.

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Do you see any root word in 'naturalist'?

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destruction

Which Means:

The act of breaking up, tearing up and completely ruining, demolishing.

As In:

Image The tornado caused destruction to the city that would take months to repair.

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This word comes from 'destroy', the verb form meaning to tear up, ruin, demolish.

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