From the Word Wizard Club...
February 4, 2013

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castle

Which Means:

A large building where royalty lived, with thick, tall protective walls surrounding it.

As In:

Image Nobody lived in the castle now, but we could tour it and imagine what it was like!

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You don't really hear the T in 'castle', but it is in the spelling.

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peeve

Which Means:

Something that annoys or bothers a person.

As In:

Image It's her pet peeve when someone slurps soup noisily.

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All of these Es in 'peeve' are so annoying!

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kept

Which Means:

The past participle of 'keep': to have or hold something for a period of time.

As In:

Image She kept her favorite bear on her bed.

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The past tense of the verb 'keep' turns into 'kept', not 'keeped'.

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curve

Which Means:

A bowed or arched line, shaped like part of a circle.

As In:

Image The road sign cautioned about the curve in the road ahead.

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See the curves in the letters of 'curve'?

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tunnel

Which Means:

A long underground passageway.

As In:

Image The boys crawled through the tunnel on the playground.

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The Ns in 'tunnel' make two tunnels!

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goose

Which Means:

A type of web-footed bird that is larger than a duck.

As In:

Image The goose took a stroll through the park.

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A goose has two round Os for eyes.

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spittle

Which Means:

Spit, saliva, especially when it sprays out of the mouth.

As In:

Image Spittle flew as the man blew the whistle.

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The word SPIT is in 'spittle'.

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resource

Which Means:

Something that you can use for support or help when needed.

As In:

Image The library is a great resource for information.

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See the SOURCE in resource?

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museum

Which Means:

A place where interesting, historical, or valuable objects are stored and shown to the public.

As In:

Image Dinosaur skeletons are on display at the museum! Let's go!

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What can you MUSE over in a 'museum'?

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forecast

Which Means:

A prediction, the foretelling of, especially of weather conditions for the near future.

As In:

Image The woman gave the day's forecast on TV.

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The prefix FORE- means 'before': foretell, foreshadow, forearm.

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