From the Word Wizard Club...
August 22, 2011

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issue

Which Means:

The act of sending something out, the supply or delivery of goods.

As In:

Image The government promised an issue of food and blankets to the hurricane survivors-.

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These letters are issued in the order that they appear: ISSUE.

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sinew

Which Means:

A tendon, a tough stringy tissue that connects muscle to bone in humans and animals.

As In:

Image The Native Americans used sinew to attach the point to the shaft to make an arrow.

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Doesn't 'sinew' sound long and thin like a tendon?

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gopher

Which Means:

A type of burrowing (hole digging) rodent that lives in the prairie region.

As In:

Image A gopher can cause problems for farmers and gardeners because they dig tunnels dug under ground and make large mounds of dirt on the surface.

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The F sound in 'gopher' is spelled with a PH.

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avenue

Which Means:

A wide, pretty street often lined with trees.

As In:

Image The cars drove down the avenue.

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This French word is elegant, just like the street it describes.

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relief

Which Means:

The peaceful relaxed feeling after pain or stress is gone.

As In:

Image After a long day, Jillian sighed in relief as she leaned back and listened to her favorite music.

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In 'relief', the I comes before the E.

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strand

Which Means:

To bring or leave something ashore or in a helpless position.

As In:

Image Ocean waves often strand driftwood on the beach, and this boy found one.

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The word 'strand' can also mean a long string of something, as in a strand of hair.

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bunk

Which Means:

A narrow bed that may be attached to a wall.

As In:

Image The prisoner slept on a bunk in the jail cell.

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This word can also be short for 'bunk bed', which means two beds stacked on on top of the other.

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almanac

Which Means:

An yearly book containing a calendar with weather forecasts, planet information, and dates for planting and harvesting crops.

As In:

Image Owen's great-grandfather followed an almanac and always planted his garden by the phases of the moon.

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This word possibly comes from the Spanish-Arabic al-manakh "calendar, almanac", or from Late Greek almenichiakon "calendar".

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radar

Which Means:

An electronic device that detects moving objects by bouncing radio signals off them.

As In:

Image The navigator saw a huge bird on the radar!

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Two As make up the vowels of 'radar'.

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cavity

Which Means:

Any hollow space or pit in the earth, the body, or sometimes a tooth.

As In:

Image This cavity needs the help of a dentist.

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The word 'cavity' has a cavity shown by the dot above the 'i'.

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