From the Word Wizard Club...
June 13, 2011

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constant

Which Means:

Consistent, continuing without a break.

As In:

Image All of the constant talking into small devices is something the alien didn't understand!

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Constant practice will help you spell correctly.

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blank

Which Means:

Empty, without writing or other marks.

As In:

Image The new notebook is blank.

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Blank can also refer to a blank space: Please fill in the blank with your name.

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slippery

Which Means:

Very, very smooth, like glass; allowing you to slip or glide on it.

As In:

Image This road sign means 'slippery'.

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The two Ps in 'slippery' are the two shoes you need so you don't slip on this word.

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hoarse

Which Means:

Having a harsh, rough, grating voice or sound, as when someone has a cold or has talked too much.

As In:

Image The football fans had hoarse voices from cheering so much.

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A homophone for this word is 'horse': a hoofed animal that is used for riding, racing, or hauling loads.

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talent

Which Means:

A natural ability or skill for something.

As In:

Image Matthew has a natural talent for skateboarding.

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If you add an -ed, you get the adjective meaning "having talent": She's such a talented artist!

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mute

Which Means:

Not speaking or making any kind of sound.

As In:

Image The woman was mute about the secret surprise party.

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The U sound is long because of the E at the end of the word.

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sylvan

Which Means:

Having to do with the woods, trees, or forest.

As In:

Image The sylvan creatures made their nests for the night.

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In 'sylvan', the Y and V are the valleys in the wooded area.

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procedure

Which Means:

The process or order of steps in doing something.

As In:

Image The doctor and nurse discuss a possible procedure to help the patient.

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To complete the spelling procedure, you need something to write with!

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mysterious

Which Means:

Puzzling, difficult or impossible to understand, suspenseful.

As In:

Image The house on the shore looked mysterious in the fog.

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The I sound in 'mysterious' is spelled with a Y.

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coarse

Which Means:

Having rough edges, not fine or smooth ones.

As In:

Image Coarse, rough stones covered the beach.

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A homophone for this word is 'course': a direction or route.

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