This stream of consiousness playfulness, sent me on an exploration of can in the dictionary. Can is a fabulous word. It has been around since the 12th century.
This stream of can sent me on an exploration in the Meriam Webster dictionary. Can is a fabulous word. Look.
“Can as a transitive verb
obsolete : KNOW, UNDERSTAND
archaic : to be able to do, make, or accomplish
Can as an intransitive verb
archaic : to have knowledge or skill
Can as an auxiliary verb
- know how to She can read.
- be physically or mentally able to He can lift 200 pounds.
- used to indicate possibility Do you think he can still be alive?
- Those things can happen. Sometimes used interchangeably with may
- be permitted by conscience or feeling tocan hardly blame her
- be made possible or probable by circumstances tohe can hardly have meant that
- be inherently able or designed toeverything that money can buy
- be logically or axiologically able to2 + 2 can also be written 3 + 1.
- be enabled by law, agreement, or custom toCongress can declare war.
- have permission to —used interchangeably with may You can go now if you like.
Can as a noun
A usually cylindrical receptacle:
- a vessel for holding liquidsspecifically : a drinking vessel… in his hand did bear a boozing can …— Edmund Spenser
- a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)
- a container (as of tinplate) in which products (such as perishable foods) are hermetically sealed for preservation until usea can of beans
- a jar for packing or preserving fruit or vegetables
- a recessed lighting fixtureAugment natural light with recessed cans in the ceiling, sconces on side walls, or a table lamp on a shelf …— Jill Connors
JAIL The cops threw him in the can.
TOILET Sitting on the can
b: BATHROOM SENSE He locked himself in the can and wouldn’t come out.
4: BUTTOCKS He needs a kick in the can.
5: DESTROYER SENSE served on a can during the battle
HEADPHONE —usually pluralYou don’t realize just how noisy it is inside a plane until you put on a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones … . I generally leave the noise-cancelling cans on even when I’m not listening to anything at all—the relative quiet makes a long trip less stressful.— Steven Morgenstern
.In the can of a film or videotape : completed and ready for release
Can as a verb
- to put in a can : preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jarscan tomatoes
- to hit (a golf shot) into the cup
- to hit (a shot) in basketball
- to discharge from employmentgot canned for being late so often
- slang : to put a stop or end towere told to can the chatter”
And guess what, a Canadian is called a Can!
Lastly, be positive like Thomas the little engine: “I think I can, I think I can”.
You can participate too. Yes, you can!