From the Word Wizard Club...
October 29, 2012

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frontier

Which Means:

The undiscovered region at the edge of a civilized or settled area.

As In:

Image The American frontier was in the West.

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Notice the word FRONT at the front of 'frontier'.

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merchant

Which Means:

A person who purchases and sells goods for profit, a trader or shopkeeper.

As In:

Image The farmer is a merchant who brings his goods to the farmer's market every Saturday.

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Sometimes a merchant will chant, "Goods for sale! Goods for sale!" to people walking by.

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impression

Which Means:

An idea, feeling, or effect received or interpreted from an event.

As In:

Image I asked her if she wanted to go, but I got the impression that she was not interested.

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An impression can also mean a mark or indentation: my writing left an impression on the table beneath the paper.

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rude

Which Means:

Impolite, insulting, vulgar, and offensive.

As In:

Image Sticking out your tongue is often considered rude behavior in many countries.

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The U in 'rude' is long since this word ends on a silent E.

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casually

Which Means:

Occurring by chance, occasionally, once in a while; not regular.

As In:

Image We wrote letters casually for several years, but have lost touch.

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Adding an -LY to CASUAL makes it into an adverb.

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movement

Which Means:

The act or process of changing places or positions, action in general.

As In:

Image There is always a lot of movement on city streets.

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The suffix -MENT makes the verb 'move' into a noun.

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appeal

Which Means:

A sincere and honest request for help or support.

As In:

Image Gerald made an appeal to be forgiven.

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Miss Spelling hopes two Ps appeal to you when spelling this word!

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pupil

Which Means:

A young student under the supervision of a teacher or professor.

As In:

Image The pupil built a chair with the shop teacher.

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The pupil is also the black center of your eye.

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cahoots

Which Means:

A secret partnership or relationship in which one person helps the other achieve a goal.

As In:

Image Everyone was in cahoots to surprise Cathy for her birthday.

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If you're in cahoots, then you will probably hoot!

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mechanic

Which Means:

A person skilled at working on or fixing a machine, engine or tool.

As In:

Image The mechanic was covered in grease after working on an engine.

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The CH in 'mechanic' has a hard K sound.

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