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    My attention was drawn - I could scarcely miss it - to this odd popup.





    I'd always had the clear understanding that 'stranded' applied to the EDGE of the ocean..... I s'pose this is one of the consequences of having 'editors' wot don't edit.

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    'Stranded' can also mean 'left without means to go anywhere'.
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    Giblets is quite right but presumably the origin of the word comes from strand= beach.

    So stranded used to mean beached but now has a wider meaning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidej View Post
    Giblets is quite right but presumably the origin of the word comes from strand= beach.

    So stranded used to mean beached but now has a wider meaning.
    You can be stranded on the M1 at the side of the road having run out of fuel. It's called a metaphor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    You can be stranded on the M1 at the side of the road having run out of fuel. It's called a metaphor.
    Yes, but metaphors should be used wisely, particularly when they they relate to areas where the actual rather than metaphorical meaning might apply. For example, I am quite comfortable with press reports of cruise ships drifting without power which describe the passengers as being stranded, but uneasy with the vessel itself being so described when it is in fact the opposite.

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