October 07, 2012
sustenance (noun)
\SUS-tuh-nunss\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : means of support, maintenance, or existence b : nourishment2 : the act of sustaining : the state of being sustained; especially : a supplying with the necessities of life3 : something that gives support, help, or strength
How do you use it?
"In two swallows I ate the soft white roll, more air than sustenance. But more sustenance than I'd had in days." (Gail Carson Levine, _Ella Enchanted_)
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think is NOT an example of sustenance?

While chalk drawings on a sidewalk are fun to make, they aren't sustenance the way the other choices are. Let's look at the other three choices. Answer B, a job walking neighbors' dogs, is an example of the oldest kind of sustenance, a means of support, maintenance, or existence. A plate of steaming vegetables, answer C, is an example of the most common kind of sustenance, nourishment. Answer D's kind words and a helpful hand are an example of the kind of sustenance that gives support, help, or strength.
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