From the Word Wizard Club...
June 10, 2013

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marriage

Which Means:

When two people are bound by law in a loving relationship.

As In:

Image Bernie and Berta celebrated their marriage with a big run through the yard!

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In the word 'marriage', the I comes before the ending -AGE.

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opposite

Which Means:

Having very different qualities or characteristics, such as in how something looks.

As In:

Image The colors on these flags are opposite of each other (black and white).

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An O and E are at the opposite ends of 'opposite'.

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question

Which Means:

What you ask when you want to find out the answer to something.

As In:

Image The grandmother had a question about how to work the computer.

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The QU in 'question' is pronounced as /kw/.

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license

Which Means:

Written permission from the government to do something.

As In:

Image Barry was so excited to get his driver's license!

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In 'license', the C comes before the S.

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shown

Which Means:

The past participle of 'show': made visible, displayed, exhibited.

As In:

Image The dog was shown at a local dog competition and won an award.

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Notice the SHOW in 'shown'.

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classical

Which Means:

Having to do with the period of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

As In:

Image Zeus is an example of a god in classical Greek mythology.

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Classical can also refer to the style of music, art, or literature that remains popular despite the passage of time.

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purpose

Which Means:

Intent, aim, or reason for doing something; what something is used for.

As In:

Image This fence serves the purpose of keeping large animals out of the yard.

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The purpose of spelling correctly and writing well is so you can communicate your ideas clearly!

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primary

Which Means:

Main, fundamental, most important.

As In:

Image The child's primary caregiver was her grandmother.

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In some countries, elementary schools are called 'primary' schools. Can you see why?

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however

Which Means:

On the other hand, on the contrary.

As In:

Image This bike looks good; however, I think I'll save my money for the one I really want.

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This is a compound word made up of 'how' and 'ever'.

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stable

Which Means:

A building where horses and cows are kept.

As In:

Image The horse stayed in the stable due to an injured foot.

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Another meaning of 'stable' is to describe something that will not fall over easily, or that is sound and secure.

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