What makes a litter?

by Trevor Bryden

The word litter has a surprisingly wide range of meanings in English. Trevor Bryden illustrates how some of them came about:

15 thoughts on “What makes a litter?

  1. Harry

    Now I know why my former French professor insisted that “French is a very PRECISE language.”

    Meanwhile, the state of Texas has a very successful campaign against litter — waste, garbage, etc. on public lands. Billboards and other notices warn “Don’t Mess With Texas.” The campaign has been wildly successful in reducing roadside waste in the state, as well as selling tee-shirts and even garbage bags with the slogan.

  2. Aline

    Sometimes people say Portuguese is quite difficult to understand because it has many different meanings for the same words… this little story shows it is supposed to happen with every single language…

  3. Pep

    I’m Spaniard (from Mallorca) and I’m trying to improve the English language.Don’t pay attention to my mistakes. I only want to say that illustrating (like a comic) the different meanings of the same word is a great idea indeed :IT’s easy to recall them and a very funny method at the same time.

  4. Emre Seden İşbar

    I am a Turkish woman from Turkey. I want to say that how a word becomes complicated or hard to understand between people and it makes people smile and I want to add that in Turkish language there are lots of words which change according to the meanings of the sentences, if you misunderstand the sentence a huge comic meaning occurs.

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  7. Anup

    As in Oxford dictionary litter is ‘refuse’ and also ‘ young animals brought forth at One birth.’The illustration is a bit confusing. What the characters are trying to getting around ?

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