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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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4/30/15

Brontide

  Brontide

<Bron-tyde>

distant thunder; lake thunder;

An unexplained rumbling noise heard in the distance.

We heard the brontide and decided to head for shore.

Memory trick:
Bron reminds of brontosaurus.
Tide reminds of a wave tide.
A big tide

Used at work:
The ride was like a brontide.



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4/29/15

Taradiddle

Taradiddle

<tah-rah-did-del>

small lie; made-up story; tall tale;

Telling an exaggerated story.

He told a taradiddle about how much money he won.

Memory trick:
Tara reminds of big
Diddle reminds of riddle
Big riddle.

Used at work:
Your taradiddle worked. We have more time for the project.

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4/28/15

Zenith

Zenith

<zee-nyth>

highest; topmost; crest;

The highest point of a thing such as a mountain.

We reached the zenith in the morning. We could see for miles.

Memory trick:
Zen is a high state of thinking.

Used at work:
The zenith was when you told them about the great sales.



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4/27/15

Nincompoop

Nincompoop

<nin-com-poop>

idiot; fool; dummy;

Someone who acts stupidly.

He felt like a nincompoop when he came to work with no pants.

Memory trick:
We poop with fatigue when we try to think.

Used at work:
You’re not a nincompoop. You’re really smart.




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4/26/15

Befuddled

Befuddled

confused; dizzy; woozy;

Not being able to think well.

The puzzle befuddled me. It was unclear how to solve it.

Memory trick:
Fuddled reminds of muddled or muddy.
Our thinking is muddy.

Use at work:
Your instructions befuddled us. We could not understand the program.



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4/25/15

Bezoar

Bezoar

<be-zor>

gastric lump; fur ball;

A mass in the belly often made of fur.

The cat coughed up a bezoar. It was big and furry.

Memory trick:
Be sore. A cat is sore from having a fur ball.

Used at work:
I felt like there was a bezoar in my throat during the speech.



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4/24/15

Bespangle

Bespangle

<beh-spayn-gul>

adorn; sprinkle; sparkles;

Glittering strands of string used to decorate something.

He liked to bespangle his jacket with golden strings.

Memory trick:
Flags are spangled with glittery decorations.

Used at work:
We bespangled our banner to draw attention. Our show did well.



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4/23/15

Cachinnation

Cachinnation
<kak-kin-nay-shun>

laughter; hilarity; cackling;

Uncontrolled loud laughter.

The cachinnation from the crowd made the comedian smile.

Memory trick:
Cac reminds of cackle.

Used at work:
Cachinnation filled the room when they saw the clipart.


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4/21/15

Verbatim

Verbatim

<ver-bay-tim>

exactly; precisely; accurately;

Saying something word for word.

He sang the song verbatim after hearing it once. His memory was great.

Memory trick:
Verb atim reminds of verb at a time.

Used at work:
I remembered the speech verbatim and wrote it down.




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4/20/15

Bungalow

Bungalow

<bung-ah-lo>

shack; cabin; hut;

A small low house having one floor.

The bungalow sat on the beach.

Memory trick:
Bung reminds of bunk bed.
Galow reminds of gallows.
A bunk bed gallows.

Used at work:
I’m staying in a bungalow during my vacation.



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4/18/15

Akimbo

Akimbo

<ah-kym-bo>

Hands on hips; elbows out;

standing with your hands on your hips with your feet spread apart.

She stood akimbo and made an angry face.

Memory trick: 
Imbo reminds of limb.
We put our limbs out.

Used at work:
We knew it was trouble when the auditor stood akimbo.

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4/17/15

Jentacular

Jentacular

<gen-tak-you-lar>

Eat upon waking; breakfast;

Eating food immediately after awakening.

I took a post-jentacular walk before the sun came up.

Memory trick:
Jentacular sounds like spectacular
A spectacular breakfast

I arrived after a great jentacular.

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4/16/15

Exfoliate

Exfoliate

<ex-foal-lee-ate>

rub; shed; remove;

Remove something using friction.

I like to exfoliate my skin at night.

Memory trick:
ex reminds of remove
Foliate reminds of foliage
Remove foliage

Used at work:
Let’s exfoliate the trim from that sign and we can reuse it.


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4/15/15

Accoutrements

Accoutrements

<ah-coot-ter-ment>

getup; accessories; trappings;

extra stuff you wear;

A bow tie is the perfect accoutrement for a genius.

Memory trick:
accoutrements reminds of accountant
accountants are known for dressing with intelligent accessories

Used at work:
Accoutrements for the meeting are suits and ties.

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4/14/15

Abominable

Abominable

<ah-bom-min-ah-bul>

Odious; obnoxious; loathsome;

Anything that is unpleasant or repulsive.

Your shirt is abominable. It stinks.

Memory trick:
Abom reminds of a bom
A bom reminds of stink bomb

Our sales were abominable. Now we are setting sales records.






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4/13/15

Placebo

Placebo

<pla-see-bow>

Fake; inactive; false drug;

Giving someone a drug that has no effect but telling them it will be effective. A placebo is used to test the effectiveness of a real drug.

I gave you a placebo. It’s harmless.

Memory trick:
Placebo reminds of placid

A sugar pill is an example of a placebo.

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4/12/15

Disinterested

Disinterested

<dis-int-ter-rest-ed>

indifferent; unbiased; impartial;

being on no side and having no desire to see an outcome.

I am disinterested in who wins. It makes no difference to me.

Memory trick:
dis reminds of un or not
un interested

Used at work:
I am disinterested in our sales because the product will eventually sell.




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4/11/15

Exonerate

Exonerate

<ex-on-er-rayte>

absolve; acquit; pardon;

to clear someone of guilt.

The new evidence will exonerate you. They will set you free.

Memory trick:
ex reminds of used to be
we ex your guilt
onerate reminds of honor
we ex your guilt and return your honor

Used at work:
The test will exonerate you of making the mistake. It will prove you did it right.


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4/10/15

Counterfeit

Counterfeit

<kown-ter-fit>

phony; fake; fraudulent;

something that is not real but appears to be real.

He wore a counterfeit watch. It was a cheap imitation.

Memory trick:
Counter fake

Used at work:
We don't buy counterfeit software. We always buy the licenses.


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4/9/15

Extemporize

Extemporize

<ex-stemp-por-rise>

improvise; ad lib; invent;

performing something without rehearsing it

He can extemporize a song and make it up as he goes.

Memory trick:
extemporize reminds of temporary or short
we perform it after a temporary study

Used at work:
I will extemporize my speech because I did not read it.



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4/8/15

Allegiance

Allegiance

<ah-lee-jents>

fidelity; devotion; faithfulness;

loyalty to a cause such as a government or a group.

His allegiance is to his team. He always watches them play.

Memory trick:
alle reminds of ally
an ally is a friend

Used at work:
Your allegiance to the company is appreciated. You deserve a raise.

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4/7/15

Precipice

Precipice

<pres-sa-pis>

cliff; steep; sheer drop;

a side of a mountain that slopes down sharply.

He came to the precipice and stopped before he slid down.

Memory trick:
precipice reminds of precarious or dangerous

Used at work:
We avoid a precipice of problems by testing our software.

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4/6/15

Humongous

Humongous

<you-mong-gis>

huge; gigantic; big

Anything that is impressively large.

The lady wore a humongous hat. I could not see the movie.

Memory trick:
Humongous reminds of huge.

Used at work:
I got a humongous bonus. We can buy a new car.

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4/5/15

Verbatim

Verbatim

<ver-bay-tim>

Exactly; precisely; accurately;

Saying something word for word.

He sang the song verbatim after hearing it once. His memory was great.

Memory trick: Verb atim reminds of verb at a time. We remember verbs at one time.

Used at work:
I remembered the speech verbatim and wrote it down.



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4/4/15

Superlative

Superlative

<soo-per-lah-tiv>

magnificent; wonderful; excellent;

anything that is outstanding or marvelous.

Your superlative painting is great. It is well done.

Memory trick:
super reminds of super or great

Used at work:
Your superlative presentation was enjoyed by everyone.






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4/3/15

Enigma

Enigma

<en-nig-ma>

puzzle; riddle; secret;

something that is a mystery or confusing.

That magic trick is an enigma to me. I don't know how it's done.

Memory trick:
En reminds of in
igma reminds of game
a puzzle is in a game

Used at work:
Your program is an enigma. No one knows how to use it.


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4/2/15

Profound

Profound

<pro-fowned>

intense; keen; extreme;

something that causes deep thought or attention.

The sight of a flying turtle was profound. We could not explain it.

Memory trick:
pro reminds of probable
found means to find something
it's probable we find something to think about

Used at work:
Your report is profound. It made me think.


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4/1/15

Percipient

Percipient

<per-sip-pee-ent>

aware; keen; sure.

understanding something well.

His percipient mind was impressive.

Memory trick:
Percipient reminds of perceptive

Used at work:
You are a percipient computer programmer. You are very good.


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