I've had a request from a reader of this blog to resume the "Word of the Day" feature. Well at least I can do a word of the week.
Contrary to modern education methods, I was trained to look up any word I read that I didn't understand; learn each definition of that word; make up sentences for each definition to increase my understanding of and ability to use the word; then learn the derivation (the origin of the word.) It is a good method. It builds vocabulary, helps my writing skills and speeds my reading because the next time I come across that word, I already know it in any possible context.
This week's word comes from Guardian Angel, by Sara Paretsky, page 2.
thews (thyooz) noun plural, singular thew
1. muscular power; bodily strength
Sentence: She went to a personal trainer to increase her thews.
2. muscles or sinews
Sentence: After admiring each others thews, we went at it.
Derivation: Old English theaw, custom, habit
(Webster's New World Dictionary Student Edition)
Now for the fun: Contribute a sentence using the comments. Use your mental thews!