From the Word Wizard Club...
April 2, 2012

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squirt

Which Means:

To spray a small, quick stream of liquid.

As In:

Image If Tom doesn't fix the leaky faucet, it will squirt him in the face again!

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This word is onomatopoeic; it sounds like the meaning it has!

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despite

Which Means:

Even though, without being affected by something.

As In:

Image Despite his tired muscles, the man continued to climb the mountain.

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This word is used the same as 'in spite of'.

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patrol

Which Means:

For police or soldiers to cruise or move around a certain area in order maintain order and safety.

As In:

Image This policeman's job is to patrol the neighborhood for criminal activity.

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The stress is on the second syllable in paTROL.

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refuse

Which Means:

To reject or decline something offered.

As In:

Image The movie star holds his hand up to show he will refuse an interview.

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If you put the stress on the first syllable, REFuse, the word means garbage or trash.

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trail

Which Means:

A path worn through the wilderness by repeated usage.

As In:

Image A well-worn trail led deep into the woods for all nature lovers to follow.

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The IL trails after the TRA in 'trail'.

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doubt

Which Means:

To be uncertain or unsure about something.

As In:

Image I doubt Christine will ever decide which dress to wear to the spring dance!

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Don't doubt the presence of a silent B in 'doubt'.

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cheap

Which Means:

Having a low price, inexpensive as compared with the usual price or actual value.

As In:

Image The family found a cheap flight and took a trip to their favorite beach.

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EA spells the long E sound in 'cheap'.

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titter

Which Means:

To laugh in a nervous, self-conscious way.

As In:

Image If Amelia is in the library, she can only titter at funny jokes, not laugh out loud.

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The three Ts in 'titter' are tittering!

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resign

Which Means:

To quit, to give up a job or position.

As In:

Image Bart chose to resign from his job and take another one.

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See the SIGN in 'resign'?

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galaxy

Which Means:

A collection of stars (= suns) and accompanying bodies held together by gravity.

As In:

Image What galaxy do we live in?

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The KC sound in 'galaxy' is spelled XY. That is why the adjective for this word is 'galactic'.

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