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Te mahi kai – Rātū

Today’s words are all sweet treats:

Cover imagetiakarete – chocolate

pihikete – biscuit

keke – cake

keke tiakarete – chocolate cake

keke porowhita – donut

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Funky Word Friday – accomplice

accomplice (noun)

Pronunciation: uh-com-plis

What does it mean?: one associated with another in wrongdoing.

How do you use it?: The thief’s accomplice warned him that the police were coming.

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Funky Word Friday – banish

banish (verb)

Pronunciation: bann-ish

What does it mean?:

  1. to force to leave a country
  2. to drive away

How do you use it?:  Brian tried to banish his fear as he started to climb the rock face.

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Funky Word Friday – humiliate

humiliate (verb)

Pronunciation: hyoo-mill-ee-ayt

What does it mean?: to cause a loss of pride or self-respect

How do you use it?: My friend humiliated me when he blurted out my embarrassing secret to my parents.

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Funky Word Friday – grotesque

grotesque (adjective)

Pronunciation: groh-tesk

What does it mean?: unnaturally odd or ugly

How do you use it?: Buzz and Woody were horrified by Sid’s creation of a doll’s head on spider-like legs and other grotesque combinations of toy parts.

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Funky Word Friday – cryptic

cryptic (adjective)

Pronunciation: KRIP-tik

What does it mean?:
1. meant to be puzzling or mysterious
2. serving to conceal

How do you use it?:  There were cryptic symbols throughout the ancient book and I had no idea how to interpret them.

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Funky Word Friday – skulduggery

skulduggery (noun)

Pronunciation: skul-dug-gery

What does it mean?: sneaky or dishonest behaviour

How do you use it?: Count Olaf is always up to skulduggery.

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