From the Word Wizard Club...
January 24, 2011

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grotesque

Which Means:

Something that is odd or unnatural in looks, size, or shape; very ugly, strange or absurd; bizarre.

As In:

Image You might see grotesque gargoyles at old castles, churches, or homes; they can be waterspouts or just decoration. Either way, they are said to scare away evil spirits.

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This word to Miss Spelling is 'onomatopoeic'. That means that it sounds like what it means.

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dreadful

Which Means:

Causing fear, nervousness, terror.

As In:

Image Look at that dreadful snake!

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The word 'dreadful' can also mean extremely bad: That test was dreadful.

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invent

Which Means:

To make something for the first time.

As In:

Image The person who invented the wheel made a great discovery!

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If someone likes to invent things, they are called an 'inventor'.

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budge

Which Means:

To move just a little bit, slightly, or just begin to move.

As In:

Image The couch is stuck in the doorway! It won't budge.

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Neither can you budge the D from the middle of this word!

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canteen

Which Means:

A small flask or container that holds liquids, usually water, for hikers and soldiers.

As In:

Image Bert always learned to carry a canteen with him on his long summer hikes.

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This word holds two Es just like it holds water.

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margin

Which Means:

A border, edge, especially the outer edges of a piece of paper.

As In:

Image The stationery has a pretty blue design in the margin.

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Some people, especially college students, write in the margins of their textbooks to help them study.

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magazine

Which Means:

A printed work with news, articles, and pictures that is mailed out regularly.

As In:

Image My sister Isabella reads a magazine every night.

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A Web magazine is called an 'e-zine'.

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bureau

Which Means:

A chest of drawers for clothes or papers; a dresser.

As In:

Image Every year, Melanie has to clean out her bureau drawers.

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In 'bureau', remember that the beginning is pronounced 'byoor' and spelled with an BUR.

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boom

Which Means:

To make a loud, deep noise or rumble.

As In:

Image The toddler heard the thunder boom and covered her ears.

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The two Os in 'boom' are as big and round as the sound!

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social

Which Means:

Having friendly relationships or enjoying being around other people.

As In:

Image My grandmother is always so social: she belongs to about ten different clubs!

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The SHUL sound in 'social' is spelled with a CIAL.

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