Thought of the Day – 9/12/2012

12 Sep

Is there another word in the English language with two more disparate meanings than “curb”?

Curb is either a noun describing the raised edge of a street.

Or

A verb describing the act of picking up your dog’s poop from somebody’s yard.

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6 Responses to “Thought of the Day – 9/12/2012”

  1. jumeirajames September 12, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    or, it’s reining someone or something in as in ‘curb your enthusiasm’. I’ve never heard it in the context of poop scooping.

    The edge of a street is ‘kerb’ btw.

    • Feit Can Write September 12, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      Interesting – I’ve never seen that spelling before. (I’ll admit it – I had to Google it to find out that “kerb” is either a British version or an engineering term).

      If you don’t mind me asking – what part of the world do you hail from?

      • jumeirajames September 12, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

        I’m a Scotsman living in the Middle East and yes, I’m an engineer

  2. Laura September 12, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    I also have never heard the term curb used in reference to picking up dog poop, just as the raised edge of a street or to get something under control.

    • Feit Can Write September 12, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Just to prove that I’m not making this up: http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/curbyourdog/Timeline

      • Laura September 12, 2012 at 11:35 am #

        I Googled it after reading your thought of the day. My city actually does have an ordinance on the issue, one where if you get caught, you pay a fine. We just call it cleaning up after your dog, or picking up your dog’s poop. We’re original like that.

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