From the Word Wizard Club...
November 22, 2010

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surround

Which Means:

To envelop, to go around completely, to be on on all sides.

As In:

Image Unfortunately, it won't take long for the flood waters to surround each house in the neighborhood.

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The two Rs in 'surround' are surrounded by Os!

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nuisance

Which Means:

Something or someone who is annoying or bothersome.

As In:

Image Mosquitoes can be such a nuisance during a picnic!

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The spelling of 'nuisance' can be a nuisance until you remember the U comes before the I.

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expedition

Which Means:

An exploratory journey or voyage by a well-equipped team.

As In:

Image The science crew went on an expedition to the North Pole.

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This word is quite an expedition! Remember to pick up two Es and two Is along the way.

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sprain

Which Means:

To injure a muscle (ligament) in a body joint by twisting or overstretching it.

As In:

Image The ballerina didn't want to sprain her ankle before the big performance, but it happened anyway.

Heads Up!

Don't sprain your hand spelling this one. The long A sound is spelled AI.

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pine

Which Means:

An evergreen, a coniferous (having cones) tree with needles.

As In:

Image Even pine trees have trunks!

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Pine can also describe the pine wood something is made from: Our cabinets are made from pine.

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applause

Which Means:

The act of clapping the hands to show approval or appreciation.

As In:

Image The woman burst into applause after the concert.

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Does Miss Spelling hear applause for including two Ps?

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rusty

Which Means:

Having a natural brownish-red powder that covers iron and steel if they get wet.

As In:

Image The chain became rusty after many months of lying on the wet boat dock.

Heads Up!

The word 'rust' is made into an adjective by adding the suffix -Y. What other nouns are made into adjectives this way?

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discover

Which Means:

To find out, learn or see something not seen or heard of before.

As In:

Image Babies discover their toes and often put them in their mouths.

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Discover means you are taking away (dis-) the 'cover' to reveal what you haven't seen before.

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gloomy

Which Means:

Dark, dim, and a little sad.

As In:

Image The skies on the rainy day looked gloomy.

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The two Os in 'gloomy' represent the shape your mouth takes when you pronounce this one!

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vital

Which Means:

Essential, extremely important.

As In:

Image Eating fruits and vegetables is essential for a strong, healthy body.

Heads Up!

It is vital you spell this word with an -AL at the end.

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