The Word Wizard! Usurp

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“Seen any monsters?”

I love friendly monsters. I mean, who doesn’t? These little guys came by for a visit, and they were a kick in the imaginary pants.

Keep your Fridays funky and fresh…and nerd out with your word out. ;D

This week’s word — usurp — is one I’ve always had a hard time with. I think it’s the doubled long ‘u’ sound; it makes my mouth all noodly. So what better time to combine the ‘sounds-like’ learning trick with the wacky conversation trick? Remember: If you can picture someone using a new word in conversation, it makes it easier to remember. And the more ridiculous the characters, the better. [enter: silly monsters…]

usurp (v.) : “to seize and hold… in possession by force or without right; to take or make use of without right.”

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That tricksy slurpalasaurus….

Happy Friday, word nerds. And watch out for stealthy monsters at lunchtime. *sluuuuurrrrp!*

Cartoons are original drawings by Stephanie Murphy.

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