From the Word Wizard Club...
March 12, 2012

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barnyard

Which Means:

The area surrounding a barn, a building on a farm that houses animals like cows and pigs.

As In:

Image The hen and her chicks were pecking at the ground in the barnyard.

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This compound noun is made of 'barn' and 'yard'.

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balance

Which Means:

The state when weight is equal on both sides, not heavier on one or the other.

As In:

Image The boy struggles to find balance on the skateboard.

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The word 'lance' is in balance.

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panic

Which Means:

A state of sudden and extreme fear that is overwhelming and causes loss of clear thinking.

As In:

Image The woman flew into a panic when she saw the spider on her chair.

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The C in 'panic' has a K sound.

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polar

Which Means:

Having to do the North or South Pole (the northernmost and southernmost points of the earth).

As In:

Image The polar bear turned back and looked at the photographer.

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The ending of 'polar' is spelled AR.

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accuse

Which Means:

To charge with a fault, to blame, to call someone on a mistake.

As In:

Image When people accuse others of something, they often point their finger at them.

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Imagine some saying, "See, See?" and pointing their finger. You will remember to include two Cs in 'accuse'.

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prowl

Which Means:

To move about slowly and sneakily, as if ready to attack prey.

As In:

Image A tiger was on the prowl for something to eat.

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Do owls prowl around a night?

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orchard

Which Means:

Land for growing fruit or nut trees.

As In:

Image Apples grew in the family orchard.

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You probably won't find any chard in an 'orchard', but you will in spelling it.

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portrait

Which Means:

A painted, drawn, or photographed picture of a person.

As In:

Image Here is a portrait of a woman during the medieval times.

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A portrait shows the traits of a person's face.

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rare

Which Means:

Not frequent; seldom, or unusual.

As In:

Image Komodo dragons are large rare lizards that live in Indonesia.

Heads Up!

When there are two vowels in a word or syllable, the first one is usually long (A) and the second one is silent (E).

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trolley

Which Means:

This train-like passenger car runs on tracks in cities, also known as a tram or streetcar.

As In:

Image Kwan took the trolley to and from school every day.

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The two Ls in 'trolley' represent the tracks the car runs on.

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