WOTW: window

| - Gorka Dieitz-Sanxurxo |

triplo word of the week - window

 

今週の #WOTW は「window」です。’Window’ is a very common noun but you might be surprised to learn about some of its meanings. Keep on reading to know more!

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‘Window’ is one of the first words we learn in any language:

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- It’s hot in the room. Please, open the window. (a space in a wall of a building, usually filled with glass to allow light and, when open, air into a room)

- He looked out of the window at the dark clouds . (as above)

- Open the door, I know you’re home! I saw you standing at the window! (as above)

- She keeps beautiful flowers on the window sill. (as above. The window sill is the flat space at the bottom of the window)

- I like to look at the passing landscape through the window. (a space in a wall of a vehicle, cars, buses, etc…, usually filled with glass to allow light and, when open, air into it)

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Did you know that some envelopes also have windows?

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- I saw the bill was not for me in the window. (a transparent opening in an envelope through which we can see the address inside)

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The following meaning we think you are familiar with:

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- Minimize this window and let’s go back to the desktop. (a square shaped area on a computer screen that shows information)

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Now, a literary use that you may not know about:

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- The book provides a window into the lives of people in the Edo Era. (something that makes it possible to know about a situation or experience that we didn’t know about)

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‘Window’ can also mean ‘chance’ (‘window of oportunity’) or ‘free time’:

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- You should make use of this window of opportunity. It may not present itself again.

- I have a window this Thursday. Do you want to meet?

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We will finish this week with an idiom:

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- [go out (of) the window] Respect and politeness go out (of) the window on rush hour Tokyo trains. (when something goes out the window, it disappears)

 

発音は /ˈwɪn.dəʊ/ とか /ˈwɪn.doʊ/です。この言葉の音節は2つです 。また来週!

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