Results for - Can . . . the Little Word with Many Meanings
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I mostly define "can" as "am able to" or "a food/drink container". But it has many meanings.
1. Which of the following definitions for "can" do you use? Please select all that apply.
Am able to, as in, "I can cut your hair now".
Receptacle for trash, as in, "Toss that into the can".
Cylindrical container, as in, "He bought a can of peas and some cans of beer".
The act of preserving fruit or vegetables in a jar, as in, "We'll can the peaches tomorrow".
When a film or videotape is completed and ready for release, as in, "The movie is in the can".
A pail, as in, "I got a new watering can for my potted plants".
I don't use the word "can" in these ways in speech or writing.
2. Which of the following SLANG definitions for "can" do you use? Please select all that apply.
Being fired from employment, as in, "If you're late again, the boss will can you".
Putting a stop to something, as in, "Can the rude comments!"
To make a recording of, as in, "The producers of the comedy decided to can the laughter".
Derriere, as in, "He's about to kick your can to the curb".
Headphones, as in, "He wore the cans to avoid listening to squabbling".
Toilet, as in, "He went to the can".
Jail, as in, "He spent 3 days in the can".
I don't use the word "can" in any of these ways in speech or writing.
3. Say it twice, and you've got can-can, the lively and risque dance that started in Parisian dance halls and variety shows in the mid-1800's. "Cancan", meaning "scandal" in French slang, featured a line of female dancers known for skirt waving, high kicks, cartwheels, and showing a lot of leg. What is your experience with the can-can dance? Please choose all that apply.
I have danced the can-can as part of a show.
I have seen the can-can danced as part of a show, in person.
I have seen the can-can danced in a movie, online, or on TV.
I've never seen the can-can.
I've never heard of the can-can.
I have danced the can-can just fooling around.
I have seen the can-can danced by someone just fooling around, in person.
01/26/2022 Trivia 2544 32 By: sylviefb