From the Word Wizard Club...
January 3, 2011

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revive

Which Means:

To return to life, to recover life or strength.

As In:

Image The rescue worker attempts to revive the young woman.

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A little word history here: 'Revive' comes from the Latin word 'revivere': to live again.

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antics

Which Means:

Playful tricks, jokes, or pranks.

As In:

Image Those clowns are up to their same old antics.

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Antics is usually plural: The antics of Simon make me think that he needs something to do!

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importance

Which Means:

The state of being of much value, of significance, weightiness.

As In:

Image My teacher stresses the importance of clear communication, and that includes correct spelling.

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You can turn 'important' into a noun by simply replacing the T with CE: importance.

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possess

Which Means:

To have and own, for something to belong to someone.

As In:

Image Michelle wants to possess a fancy sports car sometime in her life.

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The word 'possess' possesses four Ss! That's a lot of Ss to possess.

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flounder

Which Means:

To struggle and move around awkwardly trying get steady again.

As In:

Image Oscar may flounder in the water until he learns how to swim properly.

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A flounder is a type of fish-but this flounder probably doesn't flounder in the water.

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compose

Which Means:

To put together, make or create from several different parts.

As In:

Image The chef will compose his delicious sauce from several secret ingredients.

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This word is composed of several letters, only two of which are the same!

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grind

Which Means:

To reduce to a powder by crushing into small fragments.

As In:

Image A mortar and pestle are often used to grind seeds and herbs.

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The word 'grind' has two consonant blends: GR and ND.

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tremble

Which Means:

To shake, quiver, vibrate.

As In:

Image The turkey will tremble in the cold weather.

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Miss Spelling hopes that your teachers don't tremble when they see your spelling!

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future

Which Means:

The time ahead of now, the time that has not become the past.

As In:

Image Will robots roam the earth in the future?

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Miss Spelling sees two Us in your future if you spell this word right!

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injury

Which Means:

Harm or damage that is done to a person or animal.

As In:

Image The poor little fly has a foot injury!

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The stress of an injury is worse than the actual spelling of the word 'injury'.

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