Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
This is one of those words that has so many different meanings and usages.
There’s Rush Limbaugh–a name. I’ve never heard of anyone else with that name, so of course I looked it up. Turns out he was named for his grandfather, whose name was chosen to honor the maiden name of a family member, Edna Rush.
Moving on: Rush hour traffic. We all know what this is about. Friday, around 4:30, we were driving from Quakertown to Gilbertsville. The main highway is really the fastest way to go, even during rush hour, but it did take us longer than usual. Traffic was lined up for what seemed like miles. That’s nothing, however, compared to rush hour in Philadelphia, or from New Jersey to points west like Allentown. Just crazy. Glad I don’t have to be a part of it.
A meaning we don’t use very often is a marsh or waterside plant with slender stemlike pith-filled leaves, widely distributed in temperate areas. Some kinds are used for matting, chair seats, and baskets, and some were formerly used for strewing on floors.
It’s also something to do with football, I think. I’d better look that one up. I’m not a football fan, so my knowledge is quite limited. Yup. I don’t know why I know this, but here it is: a rapid advance by a defensive player or players, especially toward the quarterback.
an act of running from scrimmage with the ball to gain yardage.
We can get an adrenaline rush if we’re very frightened, excited, or stressed.
Or, if you go to college, you can become part of rush week. This is a period of time when the various sororities and fraternities try to convince you to join their group, and you get treated to all kinds of fun stuff. Then you join one, and sometimes things go very wrong after that.
Rushes are also the first prints made of a movie after a period of shooting.
Or a rush can be a sudden surge or flood of water.
Or you can rush to get dressed because you overslept your alarm, and you don’t want to lose your job.
A rush can be a sudden strong demand for a commodity, such as when a new e-device makes its debut.
Or it can be a strong surge of emotion, as when you see the man or woman of your dreams and your heart starts to speed up, your breathing rate increases, you get flushed, and your hands get all cold and clammy. Sometimes, that rush is quickly crushed when the object of your affections rushes away in terror.
Okay, that’s enough. As always, I’m amazed at the English language and all the different meanings one word can have.
Are other languages like that?