From the Word Wizard Club...
September 13, 2010

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fresh

Which Means:

Full of vigor, as though new, strong, unimpaired, sound.

As In:

Image Nothing beats a fresh loaf of bread straight from the oven!

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The digraph here is SH. The S and H have one sound.

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scratch

Which Means:

To tear a shallow mark on the surface of something by scraping it.

As In:

Image If the cat stays on the tree much longer, she'll scratch it all the way to the bottom!

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Here the digraph is TCH, also seen in 'catch' and 'match'.

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themselves

Which Means:

The reflexive and emphatic pronoun for 'they'.

As In:

Image There are two ways you can use 'themselves': The children can tie their shoes themselves (emphatic) or They washed themselves (reflexive).

Heads Up!

The TH in 'themselves' is a diagragh that is also seen in 'there' and 'tooth'.

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switch

Which Means:

To change from or betweeen one and another.

As In:

Image The people switch subways at the station.

Heads Up!

Here the digraph is CH, also seen in 'church' and 'crunch'.

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whip

Which Means:

To beat with a strap, lash or a rod, in punishment or to get to move or obey.

As In:

Image The pioneer used a whip to urge the horse forward.

Heads Up!

The digraph is WH in 'whip', also seen in 'wherever' and 'when'.

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