From the Word Wizard Club...
April 19, 2010

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confirm

Which Means:

To make sure that something is true, accurate, or valid; to verify.

As In:

Image My mother called the airport to confirm that our flight was leaving on time.

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Feel free to confirm the spelling of a word in a dictionary!

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explosive

Which Means:

Having a tendency to blow up into pieces or expand with force.

As In:

Image Who knew that this funny cereal was so explosive?!

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What root verb do you see here? (Explode).

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include

Which Means:

To have inside as a part, to take into the whole thing, to not leave something out.

As In:

Image My birthday guest list includes five of my closest friends.

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What prefix means 'out'? What is the opposite of 'include'?

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perception

Which Means:

The act or ability to see, understand, or be aware of something.

As In:

Image Steve made a false perception and thought the rope was a snake.

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Perception is spelled PER-, not PRE-.

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expert

Which Means:

Someone who knows a lot about something.

As In:

Image The old healer was an expert in making herbal medicines.

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Do you know any experts?

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reserve

Which Means:

To set aside or keep for later use.

As In:

Image They had to reserve a table at their favorite restaurant because it was so popular.

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The noun form of this verb is 'reservation'.

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doozy

Which Means:

Something big, extraordinary, or very, very good.

As In:

Image The math quiz was a doozy, and I don't know if I passed!

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'Doozy' is a funny word with two Os, making spelling a doozy!

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dispute

Which Means:

An argument for or against, a disagreement.

As In:

Image The children had a dispute over what game to play next.

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The word 'dispute' is made of two syllables: dis-pute.

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mistake

Which Means:

An error, doing something wrong by accident.

As In:

Image The chef made a mistake and put the wrong ingredients in.

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The nice thing about mistakes is that you can always try again and do it right!

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habitat

Which Means:

The natural environment in which something lives.

As In:

Image Here is a frog in its natural habitat.

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It is 'habit' for an animal to live in their natural habitat.

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