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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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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 – vamoose

vamoose (verb)

Pronunciation: vuh-mooss

What does it mean?: to depart quickly

How do you use it?: If we want to get to the movie on time, we’d better vamoose.

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Funky Word Friday – tantalize

tantalize (verb)

Pronunciation: tan-tah-lyze

What does it mean?: to tease or torment by or as if by presenting something desirable to the view but continually keeping it out of reach.

How do you use it?: The photo of the latest football boots in the Rebel Sport catalogue tantalized Matt, but they were just too expensive for him to afford.

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Funky Word Friday – majestic

majestic  (adjective)

Pronunciation: muh-jes-tik

What does it mean?: being stately and dignified or noble

How do you use it?: Aslan looked majestic as he stood on the rock looking out over Narnia.

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Funky Word Friday – odyssey

odyssey – noun

Pronunciation: 0-duh-see

What does it mean?: a long wandering or series of travels

How do you use it?: Frodo had to complete a great odyssey to destroy the One Ring in The Lord of the Rings.

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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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Word of the Day – spectacular

spectacular (adjective)

Pronunciation: spek-tak-ya-lar

What does it mean?:

  1. of, relating to, or being a spectacle
  2. exciting to see

How do you use it?: The All Whites scored a spectacular goal to take them into the lead.

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Word of the Day – lurch

lurch (noun)

Pronunciation: LERTCH

What does it mean?

: a sudden swaying or tipping movement; also : a staggering gait

How do you use it?: During the parade, the huge and menacing dragon balloon moved toward us with a lurch, and we quickly jumped back out of its way.

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Word of the Day – acrid

acrid (adjective)

Pronunciation: ACK-rid

What does it mean?

1 : biting or bitter in taste or odor

2 : bitterly irritating to the feelings

How do you use it?: “You will never escape my trap,” said the Baron, blowing his acrid cigarette smoke in my face.

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Word of the Day – response

response (verb)

Pronunciation: rih/SPONCE

What does it mean?

1 : an act or instance of replying : answer

2 : words said or sung by the people or choir in a religious service

3 : a reaction of a living thing to a stimulus

How do you use it?: “He considered fainting. He deemed it the only reasonable response to the situation in which he found himself, …” (Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux)

 

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Word of the Day – snoop

snoop (verb)

Pronunciation: SNOOP

What does it mean? : to look or search, especially in a sneaking or meddlesome manner.

How do you use it?:  Even though she knew her birthday present was hidden there, Josie resisted the urge to snoop in her parents’ bedroom closet.

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