| - Gorka Dieitz-Sanxurxo |
今週のWord of the Weekは「marvel」です. “Marvel”, apart from being a little comic brand with quite a few minor film franchises, is also a verb and a noun. It’s one of those English words we got from the Normans, even though we were already using ‘wonder’, which means the same. Its adjective is ‘marvellous’ (or ‘marvelous’ if you’re American), just what this WOTW series is, right?
Let’s start with the verb.
- He marvelled at the magnificence of Mount Fuji. (Be filled with wonder or astonishment. Notice that ‘marvel’ is followed by ‘at’.)
- “Oh my god!”, marveled John when he saw Michelangelo’s David for the first time.
We use the noun like this.
- He’s a marvel of the drums. (A person who is exceptionally good at something)
- So you mean to tell me that you are calling me form Antarctica? The marvels of technology! (A wonderful or astonishing thing. Notice that we use the plural form here.)