From the Word Wizard Club...
August 16, 2010

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insect

Which Means:

A bug; a small, air-breathing arthropods having the body divided into three parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), and having three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings.

As In:

Image For their science project, the students had to collect insects from their environment.

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The C has a hard K sound in 'insect'.

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blunderbuss

Which Means:

A clumsy, blundering person who makes mistakes often.

As In:

Image Today my dad was such a blunderbuss! He dropped his coffee and then tripped over some papers!

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The plural of blunderbuss is 'blunderbusses'.

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member

Which Means:

Someone who belongs to a group, club, or other organization.

As In:

Image Gary was a member of the canoeing club.

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Two Ms are and Es are members of 'member'.

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concrete

Which Means:

A mixture of sand and crushed limestone that hardens like rock.

As In:

Image The construction worker smoothed the concrete curb with his tool.

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The difference between concrete and cement is that concrete contains cement AND gravel and sand.

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grant

Which Means:

To give something to someone, or permit.

As In:

Image Be careful what you wish for, as the genie will grant your three wishes.

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This word is exactly as it sounds, with two consonant blends: GR and NT.

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excitement

Which Means:

The state of stirred up or stimulated emotions or feelings.

As In:

Image During the president's visit there was a sense of excitement in the air.

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Don't forget the E in the middle! Spell the entire word 'excite' + 'MENT'.

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motion

Which Means:

The act of moving or changing position.

As In:

Image The girl and her bike are in motion!

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The suffix TION is pronounced 'shun'.

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collage

Which Means:

A picture made of bits and pieces cut out from other pictures and materials.

As In:

Image Bethany made a collage out of paperclips.

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Don't confuse this word with 'college' (university).

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supply

Which Means:

To furnish or provide something that is needed to a person or place.

As In:

Image The generous bookstore will supply the school library with new books for all grades.

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The word 'supply' can also be a noun meaning the amount of something it has: a supply of pencils or water supply.

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missile

Which Means:

A rocket with a cargo, such as a warhead or supplies.

As In:

Image A missile is a type of weapon used in war.

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The word 'missile' has two Ss that hiss through the air between two Is.

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