Mr. Vig (that’s me!) broke his leg while ____
- Riding a bull
- Rescuing a kitten from a burning fireworks factory
- Skiing in the rain
To help Mr. Vig walk with a broken leg, he has to use these:
What’s the word for these in English?
And The Answers Are…
C) Skiing in the rain
And B) crutches
And since this is an English lesson, and not a ski lesson, let’s talk about crutches.
The Word Of The Day
Even if your legs work fine, you can use “crutch” as a metaphor.
If something supports you… helps you… assists you…it’s a crutch.
“Mr. Vig says you shouldn’t use Google translate when you write emails; it’s just a crutch.”
“He uses alcohol as a crutch to get through the day.”
“Your boss isn’t the real reason you don’t make more money; that’s just a psychological crutch.”
Notice something all these examples have in common?
Are they positive or negative?
That’s right, they’re all negative.
While my crutches are good for me when I want to get off the couch…
When you want to talk about a metaphorical crutch, make sure it’s negative.
Is that clear?
Want to practice?
Jump over to the blog (click on “leave a comment” below) and answer this question:
“Do you rely on any crutches when you use English?”