From the Word Wizard Club...
October 1, 2012

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gnat

Which Means:

A tiny biting fly about the size of a pinhead.

As In:

Image The gnat swarming around Matt's head was not alone!

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The G in 'gnat' is silent, but their bite is not!

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quibble

Which Means:

To argue about small and unimportant details; to nitpick.

As In:

Image Barbara began to quibble about the small things she didn't like about the car.

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You can't quibble about the number of Bs in this word: there will always two.

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texture

Which Means:

The smoothness or roughness of something, the way it feels to the skin.

As In:

Image What is the texture of sandpaper?

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This word comes from the Latin 'texere', which means 'to weave'.

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saucer

Which Means:

A shallow bowl that has a slight depression in the middle to hold a cup.

As In:

Image Be careful to place your spoon in the saucer as well.

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The U in 'saucer' is the saucer!

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scar

Which Means:

A mark left on the skin after a cut has healed.

As In:

Image Ray will have a scar on his forehead long after the stitches are removed.

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There is a CAR is SCAR.

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pudding

Which Means:

A sweet, soft, creamy dessert.

As In:

Image Here is a picture of some rice pudding. Mmm!

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This word sounds almost like 'putting'.

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regard

Which Means:

To consider, to think about, to be interested in.

As In:

Image She regarded the bug with interest and got out a magnifying glass to look more closely.

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The stress is on the second syllable: re-GARD.

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prison

Which Means:

A building where guilty criminals stay as punishment for the crime they committed; a jail.

As In:

Image The judge sent the criminal to prison for 20 years.

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Prison ends in -SON.

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pluck

Which Means:

To pull out or away quickly with the fingers.

As In:

Image The harpist plucks on the strings of the harp to make beautiful music.

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This word sounds like its meaning!

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private

Which Means:

Owned by an individual person or company.

As In:

Image This a private swimming pool at a person's home.

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The stress is on the first syllable in PRI-vate.

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