Sunday, September 21, 2008

Refining and Redefining


Yesterday, we explored a word, temper. Today let’s look at the word, “draw” and what it has in common with beer. In my world the word “Draw” always meant to pull. Draft meant to pull as well, that’s why there are draft horses; they pull things. When you drink a beer you draw it from the glass and there is draft beer which is pulled from the keg.

You can pull money by taking a draw and pulling money from a checking account has one drafting a check.

I was once in a drawing class where the instructor asked what the definition of “Draw” was, to which I answered, “to draw is pull, like pulling an image from a surface with a tool.”

It’s interesting when we become so comfortable with the meaning of words that we lose touch with its roots and its meaning. Many words seem to take on very shallow and narrow definition after their over-use, like if you thought of the word draw without a reference to pulling. However, when one takes words apart and looks at the crude from which their vapors were refined; one will find a much deeper unintentional meaning that is often more literal and fitting than what one would believe possible.

7 Comments:

Blogger Uncle Walt said...

The one instance I can think of when "draw" has nothing to do with pulling ... is when a contest ends in a draw. Though I admit I usually hear people say it ended in a tie. Then again, "tie" normally has to do with fastening.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous g said...

When hunting, we used to point "up the draw".

In golf, a nice draw is favorable. A pull is not. A draw in golf is associated with hitting the ball from right to left (if you are a right hander) and left to right if you are a lefty.

The word draw is very interesting and has many different perspectives depending on what you are doing i guess.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fine article.

10:35 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

You can draw a conclusion but you must draft a resolution. And you can draw a salary but only if you pull your own weight.
"You draw a salary?"
"Yes"
"And your brother draws a salary?"
"Yes"
"Then you and your brother are an old pair of drawers!"
Thanks to Abbott and Costello
English is so funny sometimes.

4:19 AM  
Blogger weese said...

Like the cartoon with Yosemite Same and Bugs Bunny in a gunfight; Sam says "Draw, Rabbit" and Bugs sketches a gun.

12:42 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Corrections gladly accepted.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Off to do further research on the term "draw a draught of ale/beer" and/or "draught ale/beer". Will report findings after exhausting research materials:)

11:05 PM  

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