On the Run

running spoonWhen someone runs off at the mouth, do you feel like time has stopped while you wish you could just run away?

Has time run away from you while you are having a good time and maybe running up your credit card?

Do you check to see if your Fitbit is running while you are on your morning run?

From The Most Complex Word in the World:  If asked to pick the most complex word in the English language, what comes to mind? Maybe something long and intricate like “antidisestablishmentarianism” or “honorificabilitudinitatibus.” Maybe it’s a medical word, or one with silent letters like “pneumonia.”

Chances are you wouldn’t automatically pick out a three-letter word that you use in everyday conversation. But that’s just it — the richest word in English is “run.”

12 thoughts on “On the Run”

  1. “Run” certainly has a wealth of meanings, but the champion word for confusing native speakers and foreigners alike is “do”. English is the only language that has, or apparently needs, the word in many of its senses. Look at the simple question: “What does the word “do” do in this sentence?”. The word appears three times. The second is trivial because we are asking about the word itself, and the third is describing the action of change. But what about the first instance? No other language has anything like it. It’s a “helper”, a filler. We can’t do without it, but why?

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    1. I didn’t know until I read the article, and it is because it has the most definitions and takes up the largest number of pages in the Oxford English dictionary. At least according to the author of the article.

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  2. To me Extremely interesting post. Thank you. I tried to find how many words we have for Lumi (Snow) in Finnish, but I did not get exact answer. Instead of it, I did find interesting article made by Researchers at the University of Glasgow. I have presumed that Inuit have most of all them, but I was wrong!

    The Scots have 421 words used in the snow. That’s as much as eight times the number of Inuit, as Inuit has only 50 words to describe different forms of snow.

    The Scots call snow with the words “flindrikin” (light snow), “feefle” (swirling snow) and “spitters” (small snowflakes), among others.

    “Weather has been a vital part of people’s lives in Scotland for centuries,” says lecturer Susan Rennie of the University of Glasgow.- The number and diversity of words in our language show how important it has been for our ancestors to talk about the weather.

    Researchers at the University of Glasgow are compiling the first concept dictionary of the Scottish language. The first parts of the dictionary will be published online on Wednesday.

    Have a good day!

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    1. Sartenda, this is fascinating information. I never would have imagined that. I would have guessed that both Finnish and Inuit would have more words for snow than Scotland. Thanks so much for contributing this comment.

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