From the Word Wizard Club...
March 7, 2011

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secret

Which Means:

Something hidden from most, or all, other people.

As In:

Image The girls shared a secret with each other.

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The fact that 'secret' is spelled with two Es is not a secret.

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squeeze

Which Means:

The act of applying pressure, pressing together.

As In:

Image Elena likes to squeeze the lemons before buying them.

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Can you squeeze three Es out of your pencil for this word?

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rapidly

Which Means:

Quickly, at a fast pace, with great speed.

As In:

Image Boyd signs the papers as rapidly as he can.

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The suffix -ly turns an adjective into an adverb (to describe action).

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arch

Which Means:

The curved top of something or any curved or bowed structure.

As In:

Image This boy is making an arch with his body.

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Do you see any arches in the word 'arch'?

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psychology

Which Means:

The science and study of the human mind and how it works.

As In:

Image The doctor practices psychology by listening to patients in order to understand them better.

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The P at the beginning of 'psychology' is silent.

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fan

Which Means:

A device with one or more blades make a breeze to cool people.

As In:

Image Fans don't actually cool the air; instead, they move the air so it feels cool against the sweat on our skin.

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This one is pretty straightforward: FAN.

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annoy

Which Means:

To bother, to pester, to disturb.

As In:

Image It doesn't take a lot to annoy Frank! This time, someone was late and he had to wait five minutes!

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Do the two Ns annoy you?

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bathe

Which Means:

To clean with water, especially with soap.

As In:

Image Who will bathe the puppy?

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The A in 'bathe' is long due to the silent E at the end of this one-syllable word.

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drowsy

Which Means:

Sleepy, or half-asleep.

As In:

Image Peter was at school but was very drowsy, because he had stayed up too late the night before.

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Somehow, this word looks like what it means.

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visitor

Which Means:

Someone who is a guest or just staying a short time with a person or at a place.

As In:

Image Carl was a visitor at the hospital yesterday, and brought his wife flowers.

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The ER sound in 'visitor' is spelled OR.

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