From the Word Wizard Club...
July 5, 2010

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porthole

Which Means:

A small round window on the side of a ship.

As In:

Image During their meal on the ship, the couple saw a fish outside the porthole in the water.

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The word 'porthole' is made of 'port' and 'hole'.

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keen

Which Means:

Acute, focused, vivid and strong.

As In:

Image Eagles are known to have keen eyesight.

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Are your spelling skills keen?

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basin

Which Means:

A bowl-shaped container used to hold water or another liquid.

As In:

Image While at the cabin, they used a basin and pitcher to wash their hands and faces.

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A basin can also be a natural or man-made hollow in the earth, usually containing water:

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retreat

Which Means:

The act of leaving, of giving up and going back from a place or activity.

As In:

Image After being attacked, the soldier retreated.

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Do not retreat from your spelling practice!

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trait

Which Means:

A distinguishing feature, a peculiarity, a characteristic.

As In:

Image Red hair is a common trait among those who live in the United Kingdom.

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The long A sound here is spelled AI.

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pursue

Which Means:

To follow or chase after, to attempt to attain or achieve.

As In:

Image The bees like to pursue Harold the Bear.

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Remember the two Us in 'pursue', one will pursue the other.

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solution

Which Means:

The act of solving or explaining a problem or question.

As In:

Image In math class, the students practice finding the right solution to addition problems.

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If you have trouble spelling a word, breaking it into syllables may help: so-lu-tion.

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cue

Which Means:

A signal or hint to let someone know what they should do.

As In:

Image The security guard waved his arm as a cue that it was okay to proceed.

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The EW sound in this word is spelled UE.

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cargo

Which Means:

Freight, the goods loaded on a transport vehicle or vessel.

As In:

Image The ship carried precious cargo across the ocean.

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Will a car go in the cargo? Maybe.

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isle

Which Means:

Any island, or a small island.

As In:

Image The small isle only had a tree on it.

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The S in 'isle' is silent! Remember to include it in the spelling.

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