From the Word Wizard Club...
April 29, 2013

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major

Which Means:

Big, very important.

As In:

Image I have to study for a major test tomorrow.

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Spell 'major' with a J.

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follow

Which Means:

To let someone else lead, to move behind in the same direction of.

As In:

Image In gym class, the students follow the teacher's instruction on how to do jumping jacks.

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One L follows the other in 'follow'.

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especially

Which Means:

Particularly, a word used to place special attention on something.

As In:

Image I like apples, especially red ones.

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See the word SPECIAL in 'especially'?

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present

Which Means:

Happening or existing right now, current.

As In:

Image What is your present address?

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Present has a S, not a Z.

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nothing

Which Means:

Not anything at all, zilch, zero, nada.

As In:

Image The suitcase contained nothing.

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It is NO-THING. Nothing!

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twirl

Which Means:

Two spin around quickly.

As In:

Image The dancers twirled around on the dance floor.

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The URL sound is spelled with an IR in 'twirl'.

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gracious

Which Means:

Polite and kind, or elegant and charming.

As In:

Image The bride and groom were gracious hosts and made everyone feel comfortable at the wedding.

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The SHUS sound is spelled with -CIOUS.

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oar

Which Means:

A long, strong pole that has a flat blade at one end, used to move a boat through water.

As In:

Image The woman made sure she had an oar for each side of the boat.

Heads Up!

This word sounds like 'or' but please include an A in the middle.

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stranger

Which Means:

A person you do not know well or at all.

As In:

Image Do you know what to do when a stranger talks to you?

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The word STRANGE is in stranger.

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apron

Which Means:

A protective cloth worn over clothing during work to keep the clothes clean.

As In:

Image The woman wore an apron while cleaning.

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Remember the two syllables: A-PRON.

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mare

Which Means:

A female horse or other equine animal, such as a zebra or donkey.

As In:

Image The mare trotted around the pasture on the sunny day.

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The A has a long A sound because of the silent E.

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chart

Which Means:

A paper showing information with a graph, table, or map.

As In:

Image The doctor looked at the chart to know about the patient's health.

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The letters CH sometimes produce a /ch/ sound, as in 'church' and 'chipmunk'.

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barbecue

Which Means:

A meal, often with meat, cooked outside over a fire or grill at a party.

As In:

Image The Smith's are planning a barbeque and we're invited!

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The spelling gets easier when you remember the CUE at the end of 'barbecue'.

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grand

Which Means:

Impressive, large, or very special in some way.

As In:

Image The couple danced in the grand ballroom all night long.

Heads Up!

Notice the AND in 'grand'.

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scissors

Which Means:

A pair of shears made to cut thin materials such as cloth and paper.

As In:

Image These scissors are sharp, so use them carefully.

Heads Up!

Can you cut out four Ss with your scissors?

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