From the Word Wizard Club...
February 14, 2011

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cape

Which Means:

In clothing, a flat piece of material attached around the neck that flows over the shoulders, arms, and back.

As In:

Image Just because Rafael wears a cape doesn't mean he has super powers.

Heads Up!

Because 'cape' is one syllable, the E at the end makes the A long.

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groove

Which Means:

A long narrow cut or channel in a surface.

As In:

Image New tires have deep grooves in them for better traction (grip).

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Can you place two Os in the groove between the R and the V?

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cushion

Which Means:

A soft decorative pillow.

As In:

Image Andrea enjoyed collecting cushion after cushion for her reading corner.

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Don't forget the "i" in cushion.

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crack

Which Means:

A very narrow break in an object, often because it was broken, or the place where different parts are fastened together.

As In:

Image Water was pouring out from the aquarium through a crack in the glass!

Heads Up!

The hard K sound in 'crack' is spelled with a CK.

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human

Which Means:

Having to do with people or how people are.

As In:

Image How the human brain works is fascinating.

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Of course, 'a human' is also a noun meaning 'a person'.

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grease

Which Means:

Animal fat or lard, or something slippery like fat or lard.

As In:

Image French fries are cooked in grease.

Heads Up!

Grease the gears in your brain by practicing your spelling.

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loose

Which Means:

Free, not closed in or confined in any way.

As In:

Image The dog got loose and roamed throughout the neighborhood with his leash in his mouth.

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The letters of 'loose' are loose like beads on a necklace.

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sour

Which Means:

Having an acid or sharp, biting taste, like vinegar.

As In:

Image Lemons are a sour fruit.

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This sour word is one syllable but has two sounds: SOW-ER.

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ashore

Which Means:

On or to shore (land that touches the water).

As In:

Image The canoe was washed ashore with no one in it.

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The prefix a- can mean 'in', 'into', 'toward'.

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environment

Which Means:

Surroundings, the conditions in which something lives or grows.

As In:

Image This bear might be in its natural environment, but the vacuum is not!

Heads Up!

The environment also refers to nature itself, and all things in nature: Save the environment!

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