From the Word Wizard Club...
October 18, 2010

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calm

Which Means:

Still, peaceful, and tranquil.

As In:

Image The baby is calm in her crib.

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The L in 'calm' is silent and calm.

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skedaddle

Which Means:

To run away or leave very quickly, to flee.

As In:

Image Look at the little girl skedaddle away from the duck who is trying to eat her dress!

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Skedaddle sounds like what it means!

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classified

Which Means:

Arranged according to category or group.

As In:

Image These trees are classified as deciduous.

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This word also means top secret or confidential: Brenda's birthday party is classified information!

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collywobbles

Which Means:

Pain, fear, or nervousness in the stomach.

As In:

Image Marlen always gets collywobbles before taking an exam.

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Use a singular or plural verb with 'collywobbles'.

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cruel

Which Means:

Very mean, rude, abusive, causing great pain to others.

As In:

Image Sherman was a cruel person and was not liked by many people.

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The word 'cruel' is actually made of two syllables: cru-el.

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comet

Which Means:

A celestial body that orbits the sun, that consists of a head and a tail of gas and dust that streams away from it.

As In:

Image Halley's Comet in 1910 is a well known one.

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The T on comet is the comet's tail!

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coffin

Which Means:

The casket, or rectangular box or case, that a dead person is buried in.

As In:

Image The character Dracula sleeps in a coffin.

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Two long Fs fit in the word 'coffin'.

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hesitantly

Which Means:

Unsure, pausing before doing or saying something.

As In:

Image She hesitantly stepped out of the canoe, not sure if it would tip over or not.

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The LY on an adjective like 'hesitant' makes it into an adverb, a word describing action.

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hocus-pocus

Which Means:

The word that magicians say when doing a trick, or the trickery itself.

As In:

Image You don't believe that hocus-pocus, do you?

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Remember the hyphen between hocus-pocus.

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somberly

Which Means:

In a way that is gloomy, dark, depressing, and serious.

As In:

Image The man sat somberly waiting for the next bus.

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The LY on an adjective like 'somber' makes it into an adverb, a word describing action.

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