From the Word Wizard Club...
July 1, 2013

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chest

Which Means:

The part of the body that holds the heart, lungs, and other vital organs.

As In:

Image The ape was beating his chest and shouting.

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A chest can also be a piece of furniture, like a trunk or large wooden box, used for storage. Where is the digraph in 'chest'?

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precious

Which Means:

Of high price or value, or being very special and important.

As In:

Image The crown was adorned with several precious jewels.

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The CI in 'precious' makes the SH sound.

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asphalt

Which Means:

A sticky, black, oil mixed with gravel and used for paving roads.

As In:

Image This roller flattens the asphalt so it is smooth.

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The PH in 'asphalt' has the F sound.

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thumb

Which Means:

Of the five fingers on the hand, the thumb is the one that sticks out to the side.

As In:

Image The baby loves to suck her thumb at naptime.

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The B at the end of 'thumb' is silent. Can you spot the digraph in 'thumb'?

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whale

Which Means:

A large marine (water) mammal that has a fishlike body, flippers, and a blowhole for breathing on the top of the head.

As In:

Image On our hike along the Pacific Ocean, we saw a whale!

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Where is the digraph in 'whale'?

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earnest

Which Means:

Serious, genuine, and sincere about something.

As In:

Image He made an earnest effort to succeed on the test.

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See the EARN in 'earnest'?

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squeegee

Which Means:

A T-shaped tool with a rubber blade across the top for wiping liquid off a flat surface.

As In:

Image The teenager held a squeegee in his hand and was ready to clean windows.

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This funny rhyming word has four Es!

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once

Which Means:

Happening one time only.

As In:

Image A baby will only celebrate a first birthday once!

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Each letter in 'once' appears once.

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bore

Which Means:

To make a hole in a solid substance with a drill or other sharp instrument.

As In:

Image A termite will bore holes into dead wood.

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The O has a long sound due to the silent E at the end.

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interfere

Which Means:

To delay or stop from happening, to interrupt the process of an act.

As In:

Image The dentist had to make sure the mask would not interfere with his job.

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There is no fear in 'interfere', just -FERE.

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