From the Word Wizard Club...
April 7, 2014

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medium

Which Means:

Average, in the middle, not extreme.

As In:

Image Cook the onions over medium heat, then add the rest of the ingredients and reduce the flame to low.

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The E in medium is long.

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jolly

Which Means:

In a good mood, happy.

As In:

Image The man suddenly felt jolly for the first time in years.

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In order to be truly jolly, include two Ls when spelling it.

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border

Which Means:

The line separating two areas.

As In:

Image The Great Wall in northern China is an example of a border to protect the country against invasion.

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A border can also be a decorative strip around the edge of something.

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item

Which Means:

An article or object, a single thing.

As In:

Image One item after another fell out of the bag! Oh no!

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Item has one I.

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lotion

Which Means:

A liquid or cream applied to the skin to sooth, medicate, or protect.

As In:

Image In the winter months, many use lotion on dry skin.

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The suffix -TION is pronounced SHUN.

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parent

Which Means:

A father or mother.

As In:

Image The parent knew that his daughter had been talking on the phone too long!

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You cannot RENT your parents.

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stairway

Which Means:

A series of steps go from one floor (storey) to another.

As In:

Image The man ran up and down the stairway for exercise.

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Another word for this is 'staircase'.

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support

Which Means:

To hold up, to prop up, to bear the weight of.

As In:

Image If you break a leg, crutches are a good source of support until you heal.

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Support has the support of two Ps.

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pudding

Which Means:

A thick, creamy, soft dessert usually made from milk, eggs, and a sweetener.

As In:

Image Chocolate pudding is served for dessert tonight!

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Divide pudding into two syllables: PUD-DING.

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explosion

Which Means:

A sudden and violent burst, often with a loud noise.

As In:

Image Mixing the wrong things together in chemistry class may result in an explosion!

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The -SION suffix is pronounced ZHUN.

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