WOTW: mask

| - Gorka Dieitz-Sanxurxo |

triplo word of the week - mask


今週の #WOTW は 'mask’ です。’Mask’ is both a noun and a verb. It is also difficult to come by these days! Let’s have a look at the noun first.


- Everybody was wearing masks at the party. (A covering for all or part of the face, worn as a disguise, or to amuse or frighten others.)

- Because of allergies, people in Japan wear masks in the streets in spring. (A covering made of fibre or gauze and fitting over the nose and mouth to protect against air pollutants, or made of sterile gauze and worn to prevent infection.)

- They bumped into each other so violently that their masks broke apart. (A protective covering fitting over the whole face, worn in fencing, ice hockey, and other sports.)

- They fitted a mask over his mouth and nose when he stopped breathing. (A respirator used to filter inhaled air or to supply gas for inhalation.)

- I’ve spent a fortune on exfoliating masks and I haven’t got any younger. (A face pack.)

- Before jumping out of the window in the tower, the mask turned around and said “I shall be back!”. (This is old or literary. It means a person wearing a mask.)

- A fun activity, that also keeps the kids quiet for a while, is making plaster masks. (A likeness of a person's face moulded or sculpted in clay or wax.)

- He wears a mask of moral righteousness, but he’s as corrupt a politician as they come. (A manner or expression that hides one's true character or feelings.)

- If you don’t want that man to appear at the back, just put a mask over him. (A piece of material such as card used to cover a part of an image that is not required when exposing a print.)


Time for the verb now.


- The robbers were masked as not to be recognised. (Cover the face with a mask.)

- You can mask the air conditioner with a bamboo screen. (Conceal something from view.)

- Ketchup is just perfect to mask any taste you don’t like. (Prevent the perception of another sensation, eg taste, smell…)

- No amount of deodorant will mask the stench after a long day of work. (See above.)

- I can’t believe you didn’t mask off the skirting before painting the wall. Now what? (Cover an object or surface so as to protect it during painting.)