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Star Author Reaches New Lows

Um, two typos in my last blog post. I hang my head in shame. I don’t know how to fix them, not once the blog is posted – my head hangs a little lower. My old students might read this, the ones I harassed about proof reading. My head is now touching the floor … wait?

What’s that under the couch? A long lost marshmallow? Or could it be by missing words … hurrah!

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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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