From the Word Wizard Club...
September 16, 2013

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certain

Which Means:

Absolutely sure, dependable, and without doubt.

As In:

Image The sun's rising in the east a certain thing.

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The C in 'certain' sounds like an S.

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faint

Which Means:

Feeling unstable, weak, or feeble.

As In:

Image After he read the report, he felt faint and had to lie on the ground!

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Don't let the silent I after the A make you feel faint when writing this word.

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treasure

Which Means:

Something extremely valuable, a special possession.

As In:

Image If you ever find the end of a rainbow, be sure to bring a shovel to find the treasure!

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The S in 'treasure' has the ZH sound.

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guffaw

Which Means:

To burst out laughing, to laugh noisily.

As In:

Image Every time Earl and Gary guffaw, they slap their knees and snort.

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The two Fs in 'guffaw' represent the person's teeth that show while guffawing.

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wrist

Which Means:

The joint at the top of the hand that attaches it to the arm.

As In:

Image Jonathan broke his wrist and had to get a cast.

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The W in 'wrist is silent'.

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cider

Which Means:

The juice squeezed from apples, often fermented.

As In:

Image Apple cider is a popular drink in the US in the fall around Halloween time.

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The first sound of 'cider' is spelled with a C though pronounced [s].

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caterpillar

Which Means:

The larva of the butterfly or moth, similar to a worm but with short, stubby legs.

As In:

Image A fun experiment is to collect milkweed and watch a caterpillar transform into a butterfly.

Heads Up!

Spell this with CATER at the beginning.

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imagination

Which Means:

The ability to dream, see, and experience what is not real.

As In:

Image Use your imagination to draw an animal that can walk on water.

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When you use your imagination, you might see an IMAGE in your mind.

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straighten

Which Means:

To remove any kinks or curves from something, to get it flat.

As In:

Image The man straightened the covers on his bed before he left to work.

Heads Up!

This word has a long A sound, and the -IGH is silent!

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captain

Which Means:

The person who is in charge of a group of people, usually in the military.

As In:

Image The captain of the ship had to ensure safety and smooth operation.

Heads Up!

The ending of this word is spelled -TAIN.

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