From the Word Wizard Club...
November 19, 2012

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startle

Which Means:

To scare or surprise, and make something move suddenly.

As In:

Image The bird squawked loudly to startle the young boy and stop him from picking her mushrooms.

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See the word START in 'startle'? You might start (jerk or twitch) if you are startled.

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strap

Which Means:

A long, narrow, bendable strip of material, usually used to fasten or tie something together.

As In:

Image A green strap is attached to this camera.

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You can hear each letter in this word.

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aloud

Which Means:

Spoken out loud, heard by the ears; not whispered or silent.

As In:

Image Each student must choose one poem that they wrote to read aloud in class.

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You can say 'out loud', or 'aloud'; both are correct.

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profit

Which Means:

The money a company makes after they have paid all their bills.

As In:

Image The woman has a graph showing that the monthly profit varies.

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Divide this word into its two syllables: PRO-FIT.

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employ

Which Means:

To hire, to give work to someone.

As In:

Image The cafe will employ a new cook!

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An 'employer' is the person who hires you, and then you become the 'employee'.

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appointment

Which Means:

A meeting where the place and time are decided in advance.

As In:

Image The man has an appointment with the doctor in ten minutes.

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Please bring two Ps to your appointment with 'appointment'.

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awful

Which Means:

Extremely bad or unpleasant.

As In:

Image The garbage smelled so awful that the man had to wear a clothespin on his nose.

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There is no E in 'awful'!

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couch

Which Means:

A wide or long padded chair for several people sitting, or one lying down.

As In:

Image They decided to get a new couch since the one they had had springs sticking out of it.

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The OUCH in 'couch' is what you'd say if you sat on a spring!

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yarn

Which Means:

A loosely twisted thread used for knitting and weaving.

As In:

Image The woman was using yarn to knit the scarf for the coming winter.

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Yarn is spelled how it sounds!

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beard

Which Means:

The hair growing on the lowest part of a man's face, on the upper lip, cheeks, and jaw.

As In:

Image The blacksmith had to be careful not to catch his beard under the hammer!

Heads Up!

The EA in 'beard' has a long E sound and the A is silent.

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