Thursday, October 16, 2008

Words I'm Looking Up (One in an occasional cleverly named series on words I'm looking up)


You’re running like the wind, hauling tail Indian Jones-style through some busy marketplace. You’re shoving things out of the way, colliding into people, and leaping over displays of merchandise with a single bound. So are you hurdling or hurtling?

Answer: both.

The running part can be called hurtling. The leaping part is hurdling.

Per American Heritage online.

hurtle: 1. to rush violently; move with great speed: ‘The car hurtled down the highway.’ 2. to move or go noisily or resoundingly

hurdle (the verb form): 1. to leap over (a barrier) in or as if in a race. 2. to
overcome or deal with successfully; surmount: ‘hurdle a problem.’

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Rachel Burton said...

Fun blog! In my everyday life, I tend to hurtle more than hurdle, but I don't do either frequently enough.

June Casagrande said...

I can't get over how weird it seems to me "hurdle" is a verb since "I hurdled the hurdle" is just another way of saying "I cleared the hurdle."

I like that form of "cleared." It's very visual to me. I can see someone leaping gazelle-like over a chair. (Plus, I'm always really proud when my checks do it.)

Thanks for the comment!


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