From the Word Wizard Club...
September 10, 2012

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potpourri

Which Means:

A mixture of dried flowers kept in a pot to scent the air.

As In:

Image Grandmother has potpourri in bowls spread throughout the house.

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A potpourri can represent any mixture of anything: a potpourri of books, people, topics, things to do.

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dissolve

Which Means:

When something solid breaks apart and melts into a liquid.

As In:

Image These tablets will dissolve in water.

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The two Ss in 'dissolve' make the sound of these tablets dissolving!

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assist

Which Means:

To help in some way, to aid or be of service to.

As In:

Image The father assisted the daughter across the stream.

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Three Ss will assist you in writing this word.

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spy

Which Means:

A person who is hired to get secret information, especially in the military.

As In:

Image The spy sat at a table pretending to be a customer, but he was really trying to get secret information.

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Spell the long I sound with a Y in 'spy'.

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scrooch

Which Means:

To hunch down, to crouch, to curl up small and get close to the ground.

As In:

Image The couple scrooched together under the umbrella to stay out of the rain.

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This funny conversational word in US English means the same as 'scrootch'.

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participate

Which Means:

To take part, be active in, or join in something.

As In:

Image The two boys participate in a game of chess every Tuesday after school.

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How many parts participate in 'participate'?

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lizard

Which Means:

A reptile with four legs, a long body and tail, and moving eyelids.

As In:

Image The lizard clung to the branch.

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Why would 'Liz' be a good name for a pet lizard?

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empire

Which Means:

Many countries or territories under control of one country.

As In:

Image Lizzy was reading about an ancient empire and studying its culture and ruins.

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This is different from an 'umpire' in sports.

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recycle

Which Means:

To use parts of something old to make something new.

As In:

Image The seamstress looked at the old curtains and knew she could recycle them into a gorgeous dress.

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People often recycle plastic, paper, glass, aluminum cans, and other types of material.

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