I’m having a bit of a problem with two words; simple English words, common everyday sorts of words – DRAW and DRAWER. Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed how often people now talk about putting things into, or taking them out of, a ‘draw’. Their knives and forks go into the cutlery draw, their socks go into the sock draw… I always thought I put the knives and forks into the cutlery drawer and my socks are certainly kept in my sock drawer.
I am beginning to wonder if perhaps my understanding of the words is wrong. Perhaps I’ve been labouring under a misapprehension all these years about the word ‘draw’! I can draw a picture, draw money out of the bank, draw a chair up nearer the fire, draw attention to something by pointing at it etc. So confused am I that I even looked it up in the dictionary: the meanings are many and various, but not one of those meanings was anything to do with a DRAWER!! To me a drawer is a container for things, a container which slides in and out. Draw is a verb whereas drawer is a noun.
Yesterday, when shopping for some simple plastic storage drawers I saw this:
Aaargh! Does that mean it’s official? Should I just give up now? It’s annoying me almost as much as apostrophes in the wrong places!
Oh, and I’ve just thought of another one – brought being used instead of bought!