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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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Funky Word Friday – bamboozle

bamboozle (verb)

Pronunciation: bam-boo-zuhl

What does it mean?:

1.to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; hoodwink
2.to perplex; mystify.

How do you use it?: I was bamboozled by how easily my little brother managed to find my secret stash of chocolate.

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Funky Word Friday – smother

smother (verb)

Pronunciation: smuth-er

What does it mean?:

  1. to be overcome through lack of air
  2. to overcome by depriving of air or exposing to smoke or fumes
  3. to prevent the development or actions of; to cover up; to cover thickly

How do you use it?:  I got myself a huge bowl of ice cream and smothered it with chocolate sauce and sprinkles.

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Funky Word Friday – shimmer

shimmer (verb)

Pronunciation: shim-ar

What does it mean?: to shine with a wavering light.

How do you use it?: The water shimmered as the sun’s rays bounced off the lake.

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Funky Word Friday – petrify

petrify (verb)

Pronunciation: pe-tra-fi

What does it mean?:

  1. to convert into stone or a stony substance by the penetration of water and the depositing of minerals which were dissolved in the water.
  2. to make lifeless or inactive.
  3. to paralyze with fear, amazement, or awe.

How do you use it?: I was petrified as the huge slobbering dog ran towards me with its teeth barred.

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Funky Word Friday – dazzle

dazzle (verb)

Pronunciation: daz-el

What does it mean?:
1. to overpower with light
2. to impress greatly or confuse with brilliance

How do you use it?: We were dazzled as the fireworks suddenly exploded in the sky.

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Funky Word Friday – nemesis

nemesis (noun)

Pronunciation: nem-uh-sis

What does it mean?:

1 a : one that punishes or avenges

b : a formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent

2 a : an act or instance of just punishment

b : a source of harm or ruin

How do you use it?: Spiderman’s nemesis, The Green Goblin, came flying through the air straight at him.

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Funky Word Friday

spoof (verb)

Pronunciation: SP-OO-F

What does it mean?: to make good-natured fun of

How do you use it?: The book Nightlight is a spoof of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight.

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