Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Words having different meanings.


Chippie- carpenter, ( slang); adj, agressively belligerent.

Gooseberry- supernumerary third person preventing a couple from courting; a green hairy fruit.

6 comments:

  1. Hi Mary Ann,

    Don't you just love the vagaries of the English language, when so many words have double meanings so diverse.

    I know of both meanings for 'gooseberry', but I only ever thought that a 'chippie' was a colloquialism for a carpenter and had no idea of its not so nice definition!

    Thanks for sharing your words and meanings this week, it was fun!

    Yvonne

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  2. I've heard chippie used as aggressively belligerent by football announcers. The only meaning of gooseberry I've heard is the fruit.

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  3. I was going to say the same thing Kathy said. We must watch the same football games. Gooseberries grew in the woods behind a house we used to live in. They were very tart and required lots of sugar.

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  4. How funny - I've always heard "chippie" as slang for a prostitute. Not quite a carpenter, although they both work with wood, in a manner of speaking. :)

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  5. Yvonne- So glad you enjoyed them.

    Bermudaonion- Me to, I didn't know gooseberry had two meanings.

    Margot- I never saw a gooseberry.

    Lisa- Thanks! for commenting.

    Tea- Me too!

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