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Friday, April 24, 2009

crash or crush?

Another pair of confusing words, either mispronounced or mistaken meaning-wise. a in 'crash' is pronounced /æ/ (as in 'cat') while u in 'crush' is pronounced /ʌ/ (as in 'but').
If something crashes, it causes destruction or damage on impact, or fails to work:
The helicopter crashed into the building.
My computer suddenly crashed, and I lost all the unsaved data.
Many Americans remember October 24th, 1929, the day when the stock market crashed.
Common related expression - crash course - intensive training that is done in a short period of time:
To play a dancer in the movie, the actress had to take a crash course in belly dancing.
If something is crushed, it’s pressed or squeezed hard until it loses its shape:
The teacher accidently stepped on the chalk and crushed it. There is now a lot of chalk dust on the floor.
Susan crushed 2 cloves of garlic and added them to the sauce.
Common related expression - have a crush on - feel a strong attraction to someone:
Amy has a crush on her brother’s tennis coach.
Choose: crush, crash, crash course, have a crush (or their forms)
1. His foot was badly ____ when the motorcycle ___ into the guardrail.
2. Right after her son’s birth, Roberta went through a ___ in breastfeeding.
3. David always blushes when Robin walks by. Obviously, he ___ her.
4. Can you ___ some ice for the cocktails, please?
5. The shopping cart rolled down and __ into a wall.
Answer Key:
1. crushed, crashed
2. crash course
3. has a crush on
4. crush
5. crashed
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 6:40 PM
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