Don’t you just love the English language? So many words to play with. Let’s take a look at one: lost.

This is one of those words with multiple meanings depending on how you use it.

image‘I am lost.‘ I have no idea where I am geographically is one meaning but we also say this when we mean I don’t follow your meaning or I have no idea what you’re talking about.

‘I lost.’ We might say this at the end of a competitive encounter like a game or an argument to signify that we didn’t win or that we were defeated. Or maybe after a wager or a punt on the horses to indicate we handed over our money for naught.

‘I’ve lost my keys.’ You might say this little phrase just before you utter that enduring life question I mentioned a few posts back. In that context, lost means misplaced because invariably you find them – eventually.

‘All is lost!’ This might mean I’m ruined financially or that there is no longer any hope of my plans coming to fruition.

‘Get lost!’ This is the one we use when we want someone to remove themselves from our sight.

‘I lost it!’ For those times when you lose control of yourself and say or do a few things you’ll probably regret later.

No wonder people have trouble learning English as a second language. Most of us have enough trouble learning it as our mother tongue or native language.

Thanks for dropping by, Peter

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