Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. thedaffodils's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 3,973
    #1

    Question miss a blood vessel

    Context: (From Grey's Anatomy, an American TV drama)

    Patient's mother: He tripped and fell down a flight of stairs holdings a nail gun.

    Doc.: Somehow he managed to miss a blood vessel.

    Question:

    What does 'miss a blood vessel' mean?

    I understand blood vessel and 'miss' sepearately, but I don't know the words when they are put together.

    Thanks!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
    • Posts: 1,211
    #2

    Re: miss a blood vessel

    The nail gun must have gone off (shot a nail). It must have hit him (drove a nail into his body). Fortunately, it didn't hit a blood vessel (a vein or an artery) - it just stabbed him in a muscle or body fat area. Otherwise, if it had NOT missed a blood vessel, he would have had a much more serious injury.

    PS: I love your spelling of separately. I've seen it so many times with an e instead of an a that I commend your solution of using them both!

    (As a mnemonic, my mother taught me to remember, "I smell a rat in separate.")

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,221
    #3

    Re: miss a blood vessel

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post

    (As a mnemonic, my mother taught me to remember, "I smell a rat in separate.")
    Oh my gosh! I LOVE this. I'm a terrible speller and things like this are so helpful to me. Thank you!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  3. thedaffodils's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 3,973
    #4

    Re: miss a blood vessel

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    The nail gun must have gone off (shot a nail). It must have hit him (drove a nail into his body). Fortunately, it didn't hit a blood vessel (a vein or an artery) - it just stabbed him in a muscle or body fat area. Otherwise, if it had NOT missed a blood vessel, he would have had a much more serious injury.

    PS: I love your spelling of separately. I've seen it so many times with an e instead of an a that I commend your solution of using them both!

    (As a mnemonic, my mother taught me to remember, "I smell a rat in separate.")
    Nice to see you again, and thank you for your help. I've understood.

    Sepearate was a typo of mine. Usually I wouldn't type it wrong, because I memorise it according to the pronunciation too. Pea(r) would sound like bea(r). I appriciate that you humourously pointed this out , and recommended a good way how to memorise the word.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] miss both of you Or miss you both...
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Jun-2009, 07:20
  2. get into one's blood
    By redgiant in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Oct-2008, 23:25
  3. they'll miss us
    By KLPNO in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 23-Mar-2008, 03:40
  4. Miss
    By nyugaton in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Sep-2006, 11:43
  5. Shipping world a vessel operates itself?
    By Hong Kong Chinese in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 12-Nov-2003, 04:15

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •