Daily Prompt: Wound Because English

‘Wound’ came up as the random word of the day. In The Grey House, I use this word 34 times. I was scrolling through my options and had to step back mentally as I saw two different uses of the word, and was once again struck by how odd the English language is. Today, a lesson in English, followed by two sentences from The Grey House.

Definition of wound from Miriam-Webster Dictionary:

wound noun \ ˈwünd , archaic or dialectal ˈwau̇nd

Definition of wound (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : an injury to the body (as from violence, accident, or surgery) that typically involves laceration or breaking of a membrane (such as the skin) and usually damage to underlying tissues
b : a cut or breach in a plant usually due to an external agent
2 : a mental or emotional hurt or blow
3 : something resembling a wound in appearance or effect especially : a rift in or blow to a political body or social group

wound verb \ ˈwünd , archaic or dialectal ˈwau̇nd\
wounded; wounding; wounds

Definition of wound (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb : to cause a wound to or in

intransitive verb : to inflict a wound

wound \ ˈwau̇nd

Definition of wound (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of wind [another word with two pronunciations and meanings, but that is for another day]

From the Grey House (using definition one):

Jordan kept licking his wound.

From The Grey House (using definition three):

“No, I’m sorry. I’m still wound up, Charlie.”

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