Old Meanings and New


Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.


I’ve known for a long time that a tether was a rope or chain used to keep an animal, such as a horse,  within a limited range of movement.

I’ve also long been aware that to be at the end of one’s tether, a common phrase in our language, is to have gone as far as possible; to have no more resources; or even to be at the end of one’s ability to tolerate something.

What I didn’t know is that tether also has a monetary definition that I don’t clearly understand.  Something to do with keeping, for instance, the dollar tethered to some other national currency.

And, of course, tether is another word that has been hijacked by the computer industry. A simple use would be, for instance,  “I don’t have wi-fi, so I need to keep my phone tethered to my computer.”

I think I like the original meanings better.  I can understand a tethered horse 🙂

Image result for tethered horse



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