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:

Karen said...

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

Linda King said...

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

Linda King said...

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

Linda King said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Ah ...

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think you pitched it rather well!

Julia Hones said...

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.

Wendy's Writing said...

Yor post was pitch perfect, Patsy.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

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

Misha Gericke said...

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

Linda D said...

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

Amanda said...

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

Sharon Bradshaw said...

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.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

Patsy said...

Isn't it, Rachel?

Patsy said...

Thanks, Alex.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Thank you, Wendy.

Patsy said...

You're welcome, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

It does, Misha.

Patsy said...

Good point, Linda.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

Patsy said...

It's all in the wrist action, Milo ;-)