From the Word Wizard Club...
February 25, 2013

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commute

Which Means:

To travel a distance between home and work on a regular basis.

As In:

Image Many people use a train to commute to and from work.

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The stress is on the second syllable: com-MUTE.

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blouse

Which Means:

A light, loose-fitting shirt usually worn by a woman.

As In:

Image The woman wore a frilly, yellow blouse.

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There is an OU in 'blouse'.

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audience

Which Means:

A gathering of listeners or viewers for a non-sports event. like a concert or play.

As In:

Image The audience waited eagerly for the concert to begin.

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This word comes from the Latin word 'audire', to hear.

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clover

Which Means:

A plant that has leaves with three parts and thick flower heads.

As In:

Image Cows like to eat clover when out in the pasture.

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A four-leaf clover is rare and thought to bring good luck.

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flare

Which Means:

To suddenly flame up, or burn with a bright light.

As In:

Image When you strike a match, a flame will flare up first.

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Anything hot and sudden may be said 'to flare': Tempers flared when Bobby took his toy and went home.

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toast

Which Means:

A piece of bread that has been warmed and browned slightly due to being heated.

As In:

Image The toast in the toaster popped up.

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The O sound in 'toast' is spelled OA, and the A is silent.

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doodle

Which Means:

To draw random pictures; to scribble.

As In:

Image The girl likes to doodle when she's talking on the phone.

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There are oodles of doodles!

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current

Which Means:

At this time, happening now.

As In:

Image What is the current news report this morning?

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You need too Rs in 'current'!

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adjustable

Which Means:

Capable of being changed to different shapes.

As In:

Image The straps are adjustable, so the harness can fit properly.

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Please remember to spell this suffix with an A, not I.

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concentration

Which Means:

Intensely focused attention on one thing.

As In:

Image The karate student needed to develop deep concentration along with strong punches and kicks.

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Spelling takes concentration!

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