From the Word Wizard Club...
March 8, 2010

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pressure

Which Means:

The amount of force exerted on the surface of something.

As In:

Image Kahlil's blood pressure was normal.

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No pressure to remember two Ss in 'pressure'.

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hilltop

Which Means:

The top of a hill (a raised part of the earth).

As In:

Image The mansion was built on the hilltop.

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Such a practical compound word - just 'hill' and 'top'.

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reassure

Which Means:

To comfort and support someone who is sad.

As In:

Image Part of a doctor's job is to reassure the patient.

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Be reassured! You can spell well with practice.

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akimbo

Which Means:

With one or both hands placed on hips and elbows pointing out to the sides.

As In:

Image When my mom is mad, she always stands akimbo.

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This funny word you can remember since the arms of the K are akimbo!

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extinct

Which Means:

Without any survivors of a specific species.

As In:

Image The tyrannosaurus rex is an example of one dinosaur that is extinct.

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As long as species go extinct, this word will not!

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imaginary

Which Means:

Existing only in the mind, part of fantasy or pretending.

As In:

Image Everyone thought Welda was too old to have an imaginary friend.

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Nothing imaginary here! This word contains most of 'image' since imaginary things are just images.

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assignment

Which Means:

A job or task to do, often with a deadline or due date.

As In:

Image The students talked to the teacher about the assignment.

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The word 'assignment' has two Ss and a silent G and is built around 'sign'.

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pollution

Which Means:

The state of having chemicals or garbage in the environment, making it unclean.

As In:

Image The factory pumped tons of pollution into the river until the government regulations took effect.

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Keep the pollution of extra letters out of 'pollution'!

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awesome

Which Means:

Really, really impressive, almost unbelievable.

As In:

Image Fredrick took several pictures of the awesome sights on his trip to India.

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The word 'awe' means an overwhelming feeling of admiration for or fear of something that is so big, spectacular, or powerful.

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schedule

Which Means:

A plan of when things are supposed to happen.

As In:

Image What is on the schedule for today?

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The SCH has a [sk] sound.

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