Words have meaning. They make statements, express ideas, convey emotions. Today we examine, in detail, the word mean. What does mean mean?
mean - v. - to denote or indicate.
A recent project in my English 12 classes has been a literary terms handbook. It's amazing how the concepts come together a lot more clearly when kids get beyond the definitions and actually apply them. It's also a great review leading up to our final exams.
mean - adj. - nasty; small-minded; malicious.
As exams come closer, the tension level rises. Susan fielded a phone call this week from a parent whose daughter was upset at having gotten a deduction for her handbook because she took an extra day due to a printing problem. The man spoke in withering, humiliating terms to my sister, so much so that she stumbled down the hall to me in tears. (You need to know that Susan rarely cries.) There's just no excuse for that sort of meanness.
mean - n. - statistical average.
Around our area, the average amount of snow that has fallen in the last couple of days is around 10 inches. We already have seen a 2-hour school delay announcement for tomorrow. It's fluffy and gorgeous, especially when we're under a level 2 snow emergency, which means "STAY HOME." Don't mind if I do!
mean - adj. - excellent; skillful.
I wrap a mean Christmas present. Well, actually, it's a team effort. Susan cuts and attaches the paper, and I doll it up with ribbon, tag, and bling! We've finished all our shopping AND wrapping! Our tree is burgeoning with gifts!
mean - adj. - low in social status; of humble origins.
He came down to earth from heaven, Who is God and Lord of all
And His shelter was a stable, And His cradle was a stall
With the poor, and mean, and lowly
Lived on earth our Savior holy.
And that's the true meaning of life. May you prepare to welcome Him again this Christmas!