WOTW: mental

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - mental

“Mental” is usually an adjective. It has one main meaning and is part of a fun phrase that is useful for football fans. Let’s have a look.


The adjective “mental” means relating to the mind.


+ I did a quick mental calculation and realised it was too expensive.

+ She made a mental note to message him after work.

+ He had a clear mental picture of what the house looked like.

+ Golf is 90% mental and 10% skill.

+ My mental state isn’t good, right now.

+ We need to consider people’s mental as well as physical health.

+ At that time, he was suffering from a mental disorder, and wasn’t able to work.

+ I think I’ve got a mental block when it comes to writing about my life.


The adjective “mental” was used to describe people with problems of the mind, and often made compound nouns like mental hospital or mental patient. This is old-fashioned and the word psychiatric is now commonly used in casual and official use.


The phrase “go mental” means lose control from either anger or excitement.


+ The supporters went mental when Japan scored the winning goal to beat Germany.

+ She went completely mental and started smashing plates on the floor.


The pronunciation is / ˈmɛnt(ə)l /.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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