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Adjective: Vaunted  (VAWN-tud) Definition: Highly or widely praised or boasted about. Sample sentence: We were able to overcome our opponents’ vaunted defense and achieve an upset victory which will take us to the finals.

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Noun: Epenthesis  (ih-PEN-thuh-sis) Definition: The insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of the word. Sample sentence: When Yogi Bear talks about swiping “pick-a-nik” baskets, it sounds as if he’s just having fun,  but he’s also demonstrating epenthesis, inserting a vowel to avoid the consonants bumping up against each other.

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Verb: Sclaff   (SKLAF) Definition: To scrape the ground instead of hitting the ball cleanly on a golf stroke. Sample sentence: As soon as the ball went into the sand, Ron knew he would have to sclaff around a bit to get it out.

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Verb: Chivy  (CHIV-ee) Definition: 1. To tease or annoy with persistent petty attacks. 2. To move or obtain by small maneuvers. Sample sentence: Sue watched her little brother as he tried to chivy an olive from the jar with his fingers.

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Adjective: Misbegotten  (miss-bih-GAH-tun) Definition: 1. Unlawfully conceived: illegitimate. 2. Having a disreputable or improper origin. 3. Not worthy of respect or approval. Sample sentence: Many hoped that the newly-elected administration would focus on ending what they perceived to be a misbegotten war.

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Noun: Catfish  (KAT-fish) Definition: 1. Any of numerous usually freshwater stout-bodied fishes with large heads and long thin feelers about the mouth. 2. A person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes. Sample sentence: Mary’s mother worried that anyone her daughter interacted with through online […]

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Adjective: Germane  (jer-MAYN) Definition: Being at once relevant and appropriate: fitting. Sample sentence: While his comments were witty and entertaining, they weren’t particularly germane to the overall discussion.

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Noun: Gamification  (gay-muh-fuh-KAY-shun) Definition: The process of adding games or gamelike elements to something so as to encourage participation. Sample sentence: The teacher was always looking for a new gamification  to use with her students to make math more fun.

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Adjective: Sophomoric  ( sahf-MOR-ik) Definition: 1. Conceited and overconfident of knowledge but poorly informed and immature. 2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a sophomore. Sample sentence: Judd’s behavior at the party was sophomoric, but I’ve seen a more mature side to him in other settings.

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Noun: Fracking  (FRACK-ing) Definition: The injection of fluid into shale beds under high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources such as oil or natural gas. Sample sentence: Many environmental supporters have been urging the state government officials to vote for a bill that would ban fracking.

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