From the Word Wizard Club...
August 20, 2012

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debate

Which Means:

A logical discussion by two or more people who hold opposite views.

As In:

Image The presidential candidates held a public debate about important issues.

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The stress is on the second syllable: de-BATE.

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stare

Which Means:

To look at strongly and without blinking.

As In:

Image The cat stared at the spider weaving its web.

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Don't confuse this word with 'stair' (a series of steps).

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soccer

Which Means:

A game between two teams whose goal is to get the ball into the opponent's net without touching the ball with the hands.

As In:

Image Soccer is a very popular sport all over the world.

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Just as the game of soccer only has one ball, the single O in 'soccer' comes at the front of the word, and ends in -ER.

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discussion

Which Means:

A serious conversation about a topic.

As In:

Image The workers had a discussion about the best solution to the problem.

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See the DISC in 'discussion'?

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noodle

Which Means:

A thin ribbon-like strip of dried dough (pasta), usually made from flour, eggs, and water.

As In:

Image Look at all the different shapes a noodle can come in!

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There are two round noodles in 'noodle'.

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crooked

Which Means:

Bent and curved; not straight.

As In:

Image A crooked arrow won't fly straight!

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Letters aren't only straight, they are crooked too.

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tour

Which Means:

A trip to many places for a vacation or business led by a guide.

As In:

Image The people went on the London bus tour and saw the city.

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The vowels in 'tour' are OU.

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absolute

Which Means:

Total, complete, lacking in nothing, perfect.

As In:

Image The librarian wanted absolute silence in the library.

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Break it down into syllables: AB-SO-LUTE.

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plug

Which Means:

An object, like a cork or piece of cloth, used to fill a hole tightly.

As In:

Image Just put a cork in the bottle to plug the hole, so the message stays dry in the bottle.

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This word can also be a verb meaning to fill a hole with something: to plug leaky faucet.

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creature

Which Means:

A living animal, real or imagined.

As In:

Image What kind of creature is this!?

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See the 'creation' in 'creature'?

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