"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Tuesday, 9 June 2009


Until recently I had only come across the verb to freight as meaning send or carry goods for or by transport. But then, the other day I read the sentence "In retrospect my action seems freighted with significance."

So I looked it up and discovered that it also had the broader meaning to burden something or somebody; to load something or somebody with something such as feeling, significance, or emotion (literary).

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