The word keep has a variety of meanings.
To keep is to retain or preserve – I keep food fresh by keeping it in the fridge. Or it can mean detain or prevent – Don't let reading this blog keep you from writing. Or to guard or protect – keep yourself safe on the internet by keeping your passwords secret. It's also part of a castle!
There are other uses for the word, but I'm not going to keep on typing as that's kept me away from my stories long enough. Maybe some of you would like to keep on with the definitions or examples?
Hi Patsy - I'd love a note on where you are when you take the photos ... so that my memory bank can keep a note?! Interesting notes and comments as you now do ... cheers Hilary
It's Tattershall Castle, Hilary – somewhere North of us!
The Keep is also a very freaky and atmospheric early film by Michael Mann.
I love the keep in the picture. That was the first place my mind went with this word. ALEX!! That movie comes directly from my husband's FAVORITE book. I liked it okay, but he LOVES it.
How about upkeep - as in support and maintenance? Only in English could there be so many different meanings for one word. Aren't we fortunate to be writing in such a rich language.
An interesting post. Talking of words, did you know that "set" takes up more space in the dictionary than any other word?
That last one was me. I've no idea why I've become anonymous. Apologies (Frances G).
@Alex and Crystal - I've not even heard of that film!
@Gail - I do feel lucky to have the English language as the main tool of my trade.
@Frances - No, I hadn't realised that. Not one to pick for a quick post then! (Blogger does odd things sometimes)
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