From the Word Wizard Club...
December 19, 2011

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minor

Which Means:

Lesser, less important, having a small part of.

As In:

Image Glenn made some minor changes to his essay and handed it in.

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The word 'minor' is spelled with an OR.

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mane

Which Means:

Long hair that grows on the neck of some animals, such as horses, zebras, and lions.

As In:

Image The horse's mane blew in the wind.

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Horses have manes along the main part of their necks.

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naughty

Which Means:

Mischievous or causing a little trouble.

As In:

Image The naughty child got into a jar of paint and smeared it everywhere!

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The word 'naughty' has an AH sound spelled AUGH.

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pirate

Which Means:

A person who steals something or commits violence at sea.

As In:

Image Arrgh! For Halloween, the boy dressed up as a pirate!

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See the word 'irate' in pirate? 'Irate' means angry or furious, how a pirate might be.

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crescent

Which Means:

The moon phase between full moon and new moon, shaped like the letter C.

As In:

Image A croissant has a crescent shape.

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This word has two crescent Cs.

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daisy

Which Means:

A wildflower with white petals and a yellow center.

As In:

Image The daisy lifted its cheery face to the sun.

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Often when there are two vowels in a word or syllable, the first vowel is long and the second vowel is silent.

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front

Which Means:

The part of something facing forward.

As In:

Image The plow on the front of this truck is for plowing snow or pushing dirt.

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What letter is at the front of this word?

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stress

Which Means:

Special emphasis put on something because it is important.

As In:

Image The teacher put stress on the paper's due date.

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Stress can also mean the pressure you feel from a tense situation. But don't be stressed out by spelling 'stress', just remember the three Ss.

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period

Which Means:

A set amount of time that can be short or long.

As In:

Image The calendar month is one example of a period of time.

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At school, what class do you have first period?

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fold

Which Means:

To bend and form a second layer, to double over.

As In:

Image Harold can fold a paper airplane with crisp edges.

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Do you see the L folded in 'fold'?

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