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    down to, motive power, desecrated

    hi guys,

    i just need a quick thought to some of phrases that i have recently dealt with. Please revise and clarify expressions below:

    1) down to

    In the serial The Seinfeld I heard the phrase I am down to climbing....I am down
    What is the meaning of it?

    2) Motive power

    May i use it interchangeably with "driving force" denoting my motivation, motive or stimulus behind an activity?

    Money and acknowledgement are my motive power in this project.

    3) the adjective desecrated, resp. profane

    i have just written a text about an island that is not desecrated by excessive tourism. Meaning: overly spoilt, run down, discredited or the place is as known as many try to avoid the place for its disrepute. Do these words collocate? Are these two expressions above used only with reference to sacred and or stately things, or it can be used also in connection to a place, island, shop, business activity, market, person, etc. as i exemplified above?

    Off the record, in my own language we use the equivalent of the word profane (czech: zprofanovany) loosely in many figurative meanings.

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    Re: down to, motive power, desecrated

    1) "I am down to climbing" would mean that there was some list of activities or things to do, and the only activity that hasn't been completed or crossed off the list is "climbing."

    Another possibility is that the phrase was "I am down for/with climbing."
    "I am down for/with..." means "I approve and/or am willing to partake in..."

    "I am down to climbing" is a bit strange though. More context would help.

    2) Motive power and driving force are essentially synonymous.

    3) Desecrate and profane are synonymous in your example too. I think using desecrate in your sample sentence is a bit hyperbolic, as desecrate refers specifically to defiling holy or hallowed things. However, I don't think a little poetic license is a problem.

    I'm not sure what you're referring to when you ask whether or not "these words collocate." If you're referring to desecrate and profane, then no, because collocate means to occur together, and does not mean interchangeable.

    Does this answer the question? If not, please elaborate!

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