Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Pitch

Thanks for pitching up to read my latest word of the week post.

Pitch can mean to slope downward, put up a tent, or the space said tent occupies. It can be to throw something, fall headlong or submit a suggestion to an editor. It's the movement of a ship in a longitudinal direction, angle of a roof or where cricket is played. Pitch is a quality of sound, the gloop you get from distilled turpentine or where a market trader displays his wares.

It can also be to express something at a particular level - I do hope I've pitched this post correctly. I also hope I've got everything right and we won't need to have a pitched battle over my definitions.

The pitch of these steps was so steep that if the ship had pitched or rolled I'd have pitched down them.

29 comments:

  1. Amazing how one word can have so many different meanings - that's the beauty of the English language :)

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    1. It is, Karen. I still sometimes find myself staring at the screen trying to think of a word that'll express what I'm trying to get across though.

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  2. I so pity those trying to learn and master the English language! Thanks for the links! :-)

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  3. I feels sorry for the poor people trying to learn and master the English language! Thanks for the links :-)

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    1. Me too, Linda. It's complicated enough when we don't have to mentally translate everything.

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  4. I might have commented twice - thought the first one had disappeared! Sorry!

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    1. You did, Linda but I deleted the first one so no one would know.

      Ah ...

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  5. Very interesting. It's funny how one word can mean so many things.

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  6. I also LOVE to learn all the meanings of one word.
    I try to do it everyday. It is fun and it sparks my imagination.

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    1. I hope this has pitched you into a story plot, Julia.

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  7. Pitch is a great word for writers! Thanks for the poetry link, Patsy.

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  8. Come to think of it, pitch really has a ton of uses.

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  9. But if we had different words for all those pitch meanings there would be even more to learn (and confuse us!)

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  10. Ooh, trying to work out if I can re-set my children's novel in Scotland. Probably not! Thanks for the links!

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    1. You'll have to write another one then, Amanda!

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  11. Thanks for the links, Patsy. I've enjoyed reading your post. It's made me think about Pitch as it's a word I don't often use.

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    1. I don't use it often either, Sharon. Can't think why as it's clearly not because it isn't useful.

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  12. Hi Patsy - the English language continues to amaze .. pitch - I thought of tar ... but you've included it in a roundabout way .. true English roundabouts!

    Cheers and have a happy Hallowe'en and Fireworks time .. Hilary

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    1. I'm not really sure about the difference between pitch and tar, Hilary. It's probably one of those things I don't actually need to know.

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  13. Nice pitches -- you don't throw like a girl at all. =]

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