From the Word Wizard Club...
July 4, 2011

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truly

Which Means:

Sincerely, honestly, really, without a doubt.

As In:

Image Brenda has truly blond hair!

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There is no E in 'truly'. This word is often used to stress the truth or importance of the statement. Truly!

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disprove

Which Means:

To show that a theory, fact, or idea is incorrect or false.

As In:

Image The scientist wanted to disprove the latest theory.

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Be careful: 'disapprove' means to think something is not okay.

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astronaut

Which Means:

Someone who explores outer space and everything in it.

As In:

Image This dog is the first astronaut of its kind!

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The prefix astro- means "related to the stars and outer space."

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guide

Which Means:

Someone who leads a group through an interesting place while explaining it.

As In:

Image The guide led the students through the science museum and told them about the animals.

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A guy might be a guide, but 'guide' is spelled with GUI.

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mammal

Which Means:

A vertebrate that has hair, produces live young and feeds them with milk from its body.

As In:

Image The baby clung to the mammal mother's side.

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See the MAMMA in mammal?

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pardon

Which Means:

To forgive someone for a mistake.

As In:

Image This is the third broken vase that Mary's mother had to pardon her for.

Heads Up!

Spelling 'pardon' P-A-R-D-O-N is par for Don—and us.

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ransom

Which Means:

The money paid for the release of a prisoner or victim from captivity.

As In:

Image In the crime story, the ransom note asked for $100,000 in exchange for the kidnapped person.

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The 'som' in 'ransom' does not have the E at the end.

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devote

Which Means:

To dedicate or commit wholly and completely.

As In:

Image The nun would devote her entire life to serving others by the time she was 18.

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A 'devotee' is a person who is very devoted to something. The E is short and the stress is on the last syllable (de-voh-TEE or de-voh-TAY).

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bedlam

Which Means:

A state or place of uproar or confusion.

As In:

Image The organized protest turned into bedlam.

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This word is the nickname for 'Saint Mary of Bethlehem', a London hospital that opened in 1337. 'Bedlam' described the behavior of its mentally ill patients, and now situations in general.

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scout

Which Means:

A person, ship, or aircraft sent out to gather information.

As In:

Image The camping club sent a scout to survey the tent site.

Heads Up!

Notice the OUT in 'scout'.

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