Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fluency is Just a Stone's Throw Away

‘Away’ comes from an Old English word, onweg,  meaning ‘on one’s way.’ it is broadly defined as ‘at a distance from’ but we can use it to talk about physical space, time and focus, amongst other things.

  1. Physical space We parked about 10 meters away from the entrance.
  2. Time My keynote speech is only a week away!
  3. Focus We shifted our efforts away from traditional marketing and moved towards social media.
  4. To keep in a place Put away your phones and we’ll start the meeting.
  5. To disappear All my fears faded away as I stepped up to the podium.
  6. Not here I’m sorry, Maribel is away this week.
  7. Continuing Sara whistled away as she finished up her day’s work.

And of course ‘away’ has its collocations. If something is a heartbeat away it is very close. If you are unavailable during working hours, your colleagues might tell a caller that you are away from your desk. To separate from the rest is to break away. If someone has a far-away look in their eyes, that means they’re daydreaming, not thinking of the present. If you have a gift for your customers, it’s called a give away. Telling someone to go away will make them leave. You can move away and relocate to another neighbourhood or city. You throw away what you want to discard. I do so hope you come away from this post with a few extra tidbits of information!

Up, up and away!