Busy Izzy and friends - Glossary


Book 1


Dedicated: believing that something is very important and giving a lot of time and energy to it.

Educational: helping people to learn how to do things and encouraging them to think about what they learn.

Veggie: “veggie” is one way Australians refer to vegetables.

Private-eye: someone who is employed to find out information about someone or something, but to do it quietly, without telling everybody that they are doing it.

Polishing: making the surface of (something) smooth and shiny by rubbing it.

Stack: (verb, a “doing” word) – to place things, one on top of the other.

Healthy: Good for your mind and body, health-giving, healthful, wholesome, nutritious, nourishing and beneficial.

Clever: quick to learn and understand things.

Honest: truthful.

Complementary: (adjective, a word which describes another word) harmonious, supportive, reciprocal, enhancing. If something is “complementary, then it somehow completes or enhances the qualities of something or someone else.

Global: relating to the whole world; worldwide.

Favourite: something you like the most. (In the United States of America, they spell the word "favorite" without the "u").

On-line: on the internet

Chess: a board game of skill for two players played on a chequered board on which each playing piece is moved according to precise rules.

Trumpeting: making a noise like a musical instrument called a “trumpet”.

Conductor: the person who stands in front of an orchestra, communicating to the performers by motions of a baton or the hands his or her interpretation of the music.

Trouble: when things go wrong, or you have difficulty or problems. “Trouble” is also something you get into when you’ve done something which annoys Mum or Dad or your teacher.

On the double: this means to do something twice as fast as usual.

Safety: to do with being free of danger or not getting hurt.

Helmet: special head gear or hat, made to protect your head from being hurt.

Concentrate: focus all one's attention on a particular object or activity.

Sunscreen: a cream or lotion we wipe on our skin to stop the sun from burning us. The best ones are the organic ones, which don't have any nasty chemicals in them.

Routine: something you do the same each time.

Naxafrutti: a fresh fruit drink which is Busy Izzy's own recipe.

Snaxalicious: that special sort of tastiness of Busy Izzy’s snacks

Shovelling: digging and scraping something from the ground, with a shovel, which is a tool with a long handle and a wide, flat area at the end, for scooping things up. (In the United States of America, they spell the word "shoveling" without the second "l".)


Book 2


S.P.C.A - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals , known in Australia as the R.S.P.C.A. are organisations of people who want to help and protect all the animals.

From the RSPCA NSW Australia website: "We defend their dignity and fight to stop cruelty. We offer shelter, education, medical attention and love. We are animal protectors, carers and guardians. We bring solace to the abandoned, surrendered and injured. We prosecute those who would harm them and we fight for the humane treatment of all living things. But our job does not stop at animals. We believe behind every animal is a human being who is in need of guidance, encouragement and help."

Glistening - Shiny.

Inquisitive - Curious, wanting to know something.

Whimper - Soft moan or cry.

Fleas - Very very small creatures which sometimes live in puppy's fur coats.

Captivated - Very interested.

Cruel - Very mean ant hurtful.

Declare - Say aloud, to say that a thing is true.

Entertaining - Something which you enjoy watching or listening to.

Giggle - Laugh.

Wriggle - Move like a snake.

Screek - Strange scraping noise.

Shriek - Loud strange yell.

Mumble - Low sounding words which are hard to understand.

Grumble - Low sounding words which sound upset and are hard to understand.

Unusual - Very different.

Crouch -  Bend downwards while bending your knees.

Gasp - When you take in a lot of air very quickly.

Rejected - Thrown away, not wanted.

Neglected - No-one has been taking care of him.

Rescued - Picked up and taken care of.

Whisper - Speak very very softly.

Sway - Swing your body back and forth without moving your feet.

Nourishing - something, like food, which helps you grow strong and healthy.

Nutritious - food which has lots of healthy goodness.

Affection - Very warm and friendly attitude.