abridge (v) to cut down or shorten
I chose this picture for the word abridge because it sounds just like "a bridge", so obviously, I thought that would be a good choice. But if you look at how the bridge in this picture works, it makes it faster to get from the beginning to the end. If you were going to walk to the end of it, it would be a lot easier if you had a bridge like this.
abyss (n) a deep void or chasm
When I looked up the word abyss, I found this statue in the Mediterranean sea called "Christ of the Abyss", and I totally loved it. I want to scuba dive down there one day.
accord (n) an agreement
Honda makes a card called the Accord, and that's the car my parents drive. When I think of that and agreements, I think of my dad giving me the keys to their car and telling me I could drive it as long as I took care of it. I agreed to that accord!
acute (adj) sharp, severe, intense
So when I heard acute, I thought of the "cutest" animal I've ever seen: a tarsier. These little monkey-like things in the Philippines were so tiny and sweet, but they're wild animals, and so they could freak out anytime and bite you. Their mouths are so small, though, that you probably wouldn't feel a lot of pain--it would just be an acute pain.
adjacent (adj) nearby, next to, adjoining
adjudicate (v) to settle an argument or dispute, especially a legal case
adulation (n) extreme praise
advocate (v) to argue in favor of something
When I hear this word, I think of this movie called "The Devil's Advocate" I saw a few years ago. It SCARED me so bad that I only watched the first 5 minutes of it, and then I made my roommate (Jason, actually) take it to the video store because I didn't even want it in my room.
affable (adj) friendly, amiable
Stupid, but when I hear "affable", I hear the "aff" sound in the middle, which sounds like laugh. I think that, for the most part, people who laugh at my jokes are friendly, and I feel affable towards them!