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New Word a Day for Kids by Elliot Carruthers

New Word a Day for Kids

by Elliot Carruthers

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4/29/14

COMPUNCTION

COMPUNCTION
Com-punk-shun

Guilt; repentance; remorse;

Having remorse or guilt.

Our compunction was great and we apologized.


I could tell by the look of compunction that it was Bill who stole the money.

Com - punc - tion
Comp (Reminds) Complain
Punc (Reminds) Punk


Memory Trick: A complaining punk feels guilty.
COMPLAIN PUNK



Your emails are protean. Are you an email pro?
Answer below...




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Answer: 
Not really. Your emails change a lot. Protean means changing in shape or character. Your emails change. That's all.

INURE

INURE
In-yer

Train; toughen; harden;

Growing accustomed to hardship.

Inure the pain and toughen up and you will never quit.



Tennis will inure your body to the rigors of hitting a ball.


Inure
Inure (Reminds) Endure

Memory Trick: We endure a hardship.
ENDURE


 
A Felis Catus sits in your garden. Do you have to water it?
Answer below...





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Answer: 
No. It's a cat. Why water a cat?

4/28/14

ATTUNE

ATTUNE
Ah-toon

Kinship; being in tune; adjusted;

Having a harmonious relationship.

Learning is easy because a teacher and students attune.
They are attuned with each other.

At - tune
Tune (Reminds) Tune

Memory Trick: We sing a tune in harmony with others.
TUNE



I tell you, "You are transparent and nigh to me."  How do you know we will talk again?
Answer below...





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Answer: 
Being nigh is to be near. You are close and we will talk again.

4/27/14

BULWARK

BULWARK
Bull-wark

Protect; guard; fort;

Fortifying against danger.

The bulwark safeguarded the birds against the wind of the storm.

The bull was a bulwark against the cat. The mouse now felt very safe.

Bul - wark
Bul (Reminds) Bull
Wark (Reminds) Work

Memory Trick: Protecting is work for a bull.
BULL WORK




Question: You stand by your air conditioner and venerate your living room. Why are you still hot?









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Answer: 

Venerate means to admire. You are admiring your living room. You are not cooling it.

4/26/14

COMMODIOUS

COMMODIOUS
Kom-mowd-dee-us

Roomy; big; grand;

A place that is spacious.

The commodious house loomed large and the windows glimmered.


The commodious house stood before us. Even the door was huge.

Comm - odious
Comm (Reminds) Common
Odious (Reminds) Odor or smells

Memory Trick: A common space is filled with odors.

COMMON ODOR


 

The wind is propitious. How fast does your sailboat go?
Answer below...



 
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Answer: 
Not fast. It is gentle. Propitious means being favorable or gentle. Kind.

4/24/14

SPLENETIC

SPLENETIC

Splen-net-tik

Sullen; testy; spiteful

A sadness that is gloomy.

The splenetic children waited for the rain to stop while their bicycles waited.

Splenet - tic
Splenet (Reminds) Splendid
Tic (Reminds) Tic or interruption

Memory Trick:
It was splendid until it was interrupted by a tic.
SPLENDENT TIC


It was a splenetic day. No one was happy.

 
You are always coterminous when I come home. I don't mind because I like you. What are you doing?
Answer below...


 
 
 
 
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Answer: 
Being next to me. Coterminous means next to or near.

ELIXIR

ELIXIR

<Ee-liks-er>

Cure; potion; remedy;

A drink that is invigorating.

Drink an elixir before dancing and it will get you moving.

E - lix - ir
Lix (Reminds) Licks

An invigorating drink licks fatigue.

Coffee is my favorite elixir. It really gets me going.


Q.  I serve you peas to appease you. Why does it not work?




 
 
 
 
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A.  You don't like peas. Appease means to calm or pacify. Something you don't like will not make you happy.




4/22/14

EPISTLE

EPISTLE

Ee-pis-el

Note; letter; communication;

A message sent by a messenger.

An epistle arrived and it shows that she misses you.

Ep - istle
Ep (Reminds) Epic
Istle (Reminds) Missile

A fast note is an epic missile.

EPIC MISSILE




Q.  You become a sexagenarian. Why can you stay in bed all day?





 
 
 
 
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A. You are probably retired. A sexagenarian is at least the age of 60 and younger than 70.


4/21/14

CAVALCADE

CAVALCADE

Kav-al-kayd
Procession; caravan; parade;

Moving in a parade on horseback or in cars.
The cavalcade was endless and we admired the horses.

Caval - cade
Caval (Reminds) Cavalry
Cade (Reminds) Parade

Memory Trick: A cavalry parade goes by us.
CAVALRY PARADE

Q. You bewilder me when you tell me to be wilder. How wild do I get?
 
 
 
 
 
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A: Not wild at all. Bewilder means to confuse. You confused me.
 

SANGUINE


SANGUINE
<San-gwin>

Confident; hopeful; upbeat;
Having a lot of optimism.
You're sanguine because you always have hope.


SAN - GUINE
San
(Reminds)
Sans or none
Guine
(Reminds)
Whine or complain

Memory Trick: We are sans whine because we have hope.
SANS WHINE

He always had a sanguine attitude. He was always upbeat and confident.
 

You find your friend is propertied. Do you untie your friend?




 
 
 
 
 
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No. Propertied means rich.
 





4/20/14

ARGOT


ARGOT

<Arg-get>


Terminology; lingo; slang;

Vocabulary only understood by a group.

The argot of Internet users is met with dismay from technophobes.


AR - GOT

Ar
(Reminds)
Argue
Got
(Reminds)
Got

What you argue I got because I speak the same lingo.

ARGUE GOT






You say, "This chocolate cake is dank!"  Do you eat it?
Answer below...




 
 
 
 
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Answer: 
Yes. Dank means being moist. It probably is very good.

4/19/14

EXTOL


EXTOL

<Ex-toll>


Bless; glorify; laud;

Praising a person.

You extol musicians because you love their music.


EX - TOL

Ex
(Reminds)
Ex or the past
Tol
(Reminds)
Toll or result

I praise you because your ex-toll is good.

EX TOLL




 
A duck quacks loudly. You shout and run toward towards an egress and a tern. Why do I call you a coward?
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Answer: 
Egress is an exit.  You got scared by a quacking duck and ran away.


4/17/14

EXPOSTULATE


EXPOSTULATE
<Ex-potch-chew-late>

Argue; protest; complain;

Reasoning earnestly.

You expostulate with the children and convince them that monsters are not real.


EXPOST - ULATE

Expost
(Reminds)
Expose
Ulate
(Reminds)
You late

Expose you until I make you late.

EXPOSE YOU LATE

Que. Is a confabulation always fabulous?



 
 
 
 
(c) 2014 E. Carruthers

Ans: It depends on the speakers. A confabulation is a conversation or a speech.