Interested in Language
" Obviously, George W. Bush's agenda is not primed for his ultimate world statesmanship.
" He's waited until you are primed "
" The seller is primed "
This word ' primed ' sounds so vague to me because the meanings I got from the dictionaries don't look fit with the sentences above.
Any comments ?
To be "primed" means to be ready or prepared.
" Obviously, George W. Bush's agenda is not readyfor his ultimate world statesmanship.
" He's waited until you are ready"
" The seller is ready"
Shouldn't "He's waited" be "He's waiting"?
I think so.
Originally Posted by Casiopea
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I think 'primed' is more specific- Mr Bush would be primed for a specific meeting by his advisors.
You can prime a pump, but can you prme a person? :wink:
Originally Posted by tdol
I would expect Mr. Bush's advisors to "prep" him for that meeting.
I haven't heard 'prep' used here. Maybe I should change the name to a British politican.
I've heard primed used for people. Please see:
Originally Posted by RonBee
Originally Posted by dduck
- “He is primed to the muzzle.”
--from the website
That's a new one for me. (That site is quite a handy online resourch.)
Re: primed ?
I agree with Casiopea that "ready" is a part of these uses of primed, but there is also a component of preparation involved. It has the sense of "having been made ready" or "having been prepared".
Originally Posted by whl626
Re: primed ?
You have to be prepared to be ready, don't you? :wink:
Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
- "Be prepared."
--Boy Scout motto