From the Word Wizard Club...
May 24, 2010

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entertain

Which Means:

To provide something interesting for others.

As In:

Image They hired a clown to entertain the children at the party.

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The word 'entertain' is made of 'enter' and 'tain'.

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mammal

Which Means:

A warm-blooded animal that is covered with at least some hair that feeds its young with milk.

As In:

Image The female mammal carried one of her young on her back.

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The word 'mammal' has three Ms, as if they are in a herd together.

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method

Which Means:

A way to do something.

As In:

Image A primitive method to start a fire in the woods is rub two sticks together.

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What is your method for studying spelling?

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reptile

Which Means:

Any cold-blooded vertebrate that include turtles, snakes, lizards, crocodilians, and other similar animals.

As In:

Image My friend keeps a lizard as her pet reptile!

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Imagine that the 'tiles' in 'reptiles' are the scales that cover their skin.

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research

Which Means:

Careful study of something, or the results of such study.

As In:

Image The scientists did a lot of research to find the right combination of chemicals.

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The ER sound in 'research' is spelled EA.

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sunrise

Which Means:

The apparent rising of the sun in the morning, an illusion caused by the rotation of the earth.

As In:

Image My neighbor gets up every morning to watch the sunrise.

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This word describes the sun as it appears to rise over the horizon in the morning even though it is actually the Earth turning.

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amazement

Which Means:

A strong feeling of surprise, shock, or wonder.

As In:

Image Richard slapped his cheek in amazement!

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The word 'amazement' includes an E before the suffix -ment.

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county

Which Means:

A chief governmental division of a country or state.

As In:

Image Pennsylvania has 67 counties. How many counties are in your country or state?

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The OW sound is spelled OU in 'county'.

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wisdom

Which Means:

Knowledge and understanding, knowing what is true.

As In:

Image The owl is a symbol of wisdom and helpfulness.

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The vowels in 'wisdom' are short because the I and O are the only vowels in each syllable.

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rent

Which Means:

The money given in exchange for the use of something over a certain period.

As In:

Image To get a car from the rental company, we have to pay rent for the week we have it.

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Again, here is a short E sound since it is the only vowel in the word.

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