From the Word Wizard Club...
May 28, 2012

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cucumber

Which Means:

A vine that grows long, green, fruit with round ends and is eaten fresh, in salads, or pickled.

As In:

Image Miss Spelling thinks there is nothing more refreshing than a cucumber.

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The K sounds in this word are spelled with Cs.

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flaw

Which Means:

Anything wrong with something; a defect, fault, or imperfection.

As In:

Image The meal was presented without a flaw, and the cooking team won the competition.

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Maybe you'll say, "Aw!" when you see a flaw!

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scarce

Which Means:

Hard to find, rare, uncommon, or not plentiful.

As In:

Image This butterfly is scarce and is rarely seen anymore.

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Don't let the two Cs in 'scarce' scare you.

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lumbar

Which Means:

Related to the lowest part of the back, between the bottom pair of ribs and the hipbones.

As In:

Image Injuries to the lumbar area of the spine are common.

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Don't confuse this word with 'lumber', which means "wooden boards".

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vomitorium

Which Means:

The passageway in some large theaters or stadiums that allows many people to arrive to and leave their seats quickly.

As In:

Image The concert goers exited the stadium through the vomitorium.

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This funny word contains the word 'vomit', but doesn't have anything to do with it.

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oily

Which Means:

Having oil (a liquid substance) or fat in it, and being greasy and slippery to touch.

As In:

Image Even after Jack rubbed sun block completely into his skin, it still felt oily.

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To turn the noun 'oil' into an adjective, just add a Y to the end.

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woolen

Which Means:

Made from the hair of sheep, goats, or alpacas.

As In:

Image The kitten balanced on a ball of woolen yarn.

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This word has two Os, and the ending -EN to make it an adjective.

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artificial

Which Means:

Not genuine or real, but made by humans.

As In:

Image The man's artificial arm worked very well.

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See the 'art' in 'artificial'? Making something artificial is an art.

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gigantic

Which Means:

Very huge, of extraordinary size, like a giant.

As In:

Image These gigantic carrots are so big that they look like palm trees!

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

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behoove

Which Means:

To be helpful or the right thing for a person to do.

As In:

Image It would behoove you to at least try some new foods. You never know if you will discover a new favorite!

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This word has nothing to do with hooves of animals.

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