From the Word Wizard Club...
October 3, 2011

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strength

Which Means:

Power, force, the quality or state of being strong.

As In:

Image This bulldog has a lot of strength to be able to lift such weight!

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The strength of this word comes in all of the consonants.

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scream

Which Means:

To let out a sharp, loud and piercing cry, especially from pain or fear.

As In:

Image The people who enter the haunted house will scream in fright.

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See the 'cream' in 'scream'? You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!

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gourmet

Which Means:

Related to highly skilled and artistic preparation of meals.

As In:

Image The food at the gourmet restaurant was so beautifully presented that Claudine only wanted to look at it.

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The T at the end of this French word is silent: gor-may.

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chord

Which Means:

A group of notes played at the same time that blend together.

As In:

Image Chuck practiced the new chord on his guitar.

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The CH sound in 'chord' has a hard K sound.

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obtain

Which Means:

To get.

As In:

Image Greg is taking a motorcycle safety course so he can obtain his motorcycle driver's license.

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Can you retain what you obtain?

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consider

Which Means:

To think carefully about all sides of a question or issue.

As In:

Image Max stood quietly for a few moments to consider his options.

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The I in 'consider' is pronounced as a short one.

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tuxedo

Which Means:

A man's jacket, usually in a dark color, with satin (a shiny, smooth material) on the lapels.

As In:

Image Carlton decided he wanted to wear a tuxedo to the wedding.

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This word is spelled with an X that sounds like [ks].

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frustrate

Which Means:

To cause anxiety or upset someone by blocking success.

As In:

Image Bailey didn't think that putting the bike together would frustrate her so much!

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Spelling 'frustrate' won't frustrate you if you receive Good Word, Jr.

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welcome

Which Means:

To give a pleasant greeting upon seeing someone or something.

As In:

Image Sally's gransparents always welcome her with a big smile and hug.

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You can also welcome things into your life, as in a welcome opportunity.

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contribute

Which Means:

To give to as a part of a collective effort, to participate by giving something.

As In:

Image Samuel will contribute all the money he made from polishing shoes to a charity.

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When pronouncing this word, the stress is on the second syllable: con-TRIB-ute.

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