From the Word Wizard Club...
May 7, 2012

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hurtle

Which Means:

To move rapidly forward, to fling powerfully forward.

As In:

Image The baseball pitcher must learn to hurtle the ball when pitching.

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See the 'hurt' in 'hurtle'? If something is hurtled at you, it may hurt!

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revolve

Which Means:

To move in a circular or curving orbit or path.

As In:

Image The earth revolves around the sun.

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The word 'revolve' has the word 'evolve' in it.

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perspiration

Which Means:

Sweat; the salty, watery fluid that comes out of the skin when working hard.

As In:

Image On such a hot day, Bertie's forehead was glistening with perspiration.

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The root verb of 'perspiration' is 'perspire'.

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improper

Which Means:

Not suitable, not belonging, or incorrect; inappropriate.

As In:

Image The child wanted to go outside, but only found shoes in an improper size.

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The prefix IM- means 'not': immoral, imbalance.

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borrow

Which Means:

To receive from another as a loan, with the intention of returning it.

As In:

Image Every week the student goes to the library to borrow books.

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No need to borrow any letters; there are plenty to go around!

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proceed

Which Means:

To move, pass, or go forward; to advance.

As In:

Image This sign tells the driver to proceed slowly and with caution.

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Proceed carefully with two Es, please.

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sharpen

Which Means:

To make something have a thinner or finer edge or point.

As In:

Image One way to sharpen your pencils is to use a little handheld sharpener.

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The suffix -EN can be used to change some adjectives into verbs: lengthen, fasten, sweeten.

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remark

Which Means:

To say something casually, to make a comment.

As In:

Image What else would we talk about if we couldn't remark on the weather?

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Just add an RE to MARK to spell 'remark'.

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aquarium

Which Means:

A glass tank for fish or aquatic (water) plants.

As In:

Image Several fish swam around in the aquarium.

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Notice the word AQUA (= water) in 'aquarium'.

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telegraph

Which Means:

An early communication system that sends and receives coded messages over wires.

As In:

Image Messages can be sent by telegraph using Morse code.

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The PH in 'telegraph' has an F sound. TELE means "far away, distant." Do you know any other words with TELE in them?

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lurch

Which Means:

A movement that is quick and sudden.

As In:

Image Frankenstein is so large and stiff that each step is a lurch forward.

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Lurch can also be a verb meaning to move suddenly and quickly: The car lurched forward.

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Jacuzzi

Which Means:

A whirlpool tub with underwater jets that keep the water moving.

As In:

Image Max relaxed in the Jacuzzi after a long day.

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Remember the two Zs, which look like the water swirling around!

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spear

Which Means:

A long, pointed weapon for stabbing or throwing during hunting.

As In:

Image In history class, the students studied how native tribes made and used a spear in their daily life.

Heads Up!

See the EAR in 'spear'?

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chorus

Which Means:

A group of people singing together.

As In:

Image The chorus practiced every Tuesday and Thursday.

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The CH of 'chorus' has a hard K sound.

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strategy

Which Means:

A plan or an approach toward reaching a goal.

As In:

Image The coach thought about the best strategy for the next play.

Heads Up!

When G is followed by I, E or Y, it sounds like a J as in 'strategy' and 'gym'.

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gear

Which Means:

A disk or wheel with teeth cut so that they fit with the teeth on another disk or wheel, to create force or movement.

As In:

Image Luke took the toy train apart to see if there was a gear or two inside.

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The E sound in 'gear' is spelled EA.

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paragraph

Which Means:

A section of a writing that expresses one complete idea, that begins on a new line and is separated from other sections of writing.

As In:

Image The newspaper had one paragraph after another on the front page about the recent news.

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This word has three syllables: par-a-graph. All the vowels in this word are A.

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caution

Which Means:

A warning of danger or risk.

As In:

Image Do you see the caution sign for falling rocks?

Heads Up!

Use caution when spelling 'caution'; you will use all the vowels except for E!

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