From the Word Wizard Club...
November 1, 2010

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tomato

Which Means:

A common, round, usually red fruit that is used in salads, sandwiches, and to make sauce.

As In:

Image Did you know that a tomato is actually a fruit, and not a vegetable?

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The plural of tomato is created by adding -ES: Tomatoes.

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ill

Which Means:

Unwell, sick, in poor health.

As In:

Image The postman suddenly felt very ill.

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Only one L will make 'ill' very ill!

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wealth

Which Means:

A great amount of money and possessions, richness.

As In:

Image The man suddenly found himself surrounded by wealth.

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The word 'wealth' can also refer to an abundance of anything: a wealth of knowledge.

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cannon

Which Means:

A large gun used for firing large, heavy bullets.

As In:

Image The cannon is one of the earliest forms of guns to use gunpowder.

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A cannon can shoot out three Ns, but only one O.

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morsel

Which Means:

A little bite or bit of food, or any small quantity.

As In:

Image That cookie is a delicious morsel that needs to be in my belly!

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The 'el' sound in 'morsel' is spelled -EL.

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vaccine

Which Means:

A medicine, often given as a shot, that prevents a certain disease or illness.

As In:

Image Tomorrow Sheila has to get her MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.

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The word 'vaccine' has two Cs.

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slightly

Which Means:

Just a little, not much.

As In:

Image Squirmy Wormy was slightly happier after he found another friend to play with.

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Remember to spell 'slightly' with a silent GH.

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crow

Which Means:

A medium-sized black bird with shiny black feathers and a stout bill.

As In:

Image Some cultures in the world believe that seeing a crow means that danger is coming.

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The OW in 'crow' has a long O sound.

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gem

Which Means:

A precious stone, such as a diamond or ruby, cut and polished, and used in jewelry.

As In:

Image The gem in this ring was very expensive.

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In 'gem', the G is soft because it is followed by an I or E.

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widdershins

Which Means:

Moving in a direction opposite that of a clock, counterclockwise.

As In:

Image The children danced widdershins around the tree.

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This funny word comes from the German widersinnen "to go against".

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