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    #1

    heaping helping of pain

    Hi teachers,

    What does the following sentence mean?

    "heaping helping of pain"

    The whole sentence is:
    "In fact, given the heaping helping of pain, bad manners, and bum luck in the world, many deists think he/she/it doesn’t even know humans are here at all."

    Actually, that is part of sentence.
    Thank you

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    Re: heaping helping of pain

    Quote Originally Posted by jaleel2007 View Post
    Hi teachers,

    What does the following sentence mean?

    "heaping helping of pain"

    The whole sentence is:
    "In fact, given the heaping helping of pain, bad manners, and bum luck in the world, many deists think he/she/it doesn’t even know humans are here at all."

    Actually, that is part of the sentence.
    Thank you.
    I find "heaping" unnatural there. A "helping of pain, bad manners and bum luck" makes sense - a helping is a serving, used in the same way as it is with food. "Did you have one helping of dessert or two?"

    I would have understood it if it had been a "huge/massive/gigantic/gargantuan/enormous/overwhelming helping of pain" but for me "heaping" is not an adjective and that is what should appear before "helping of pain".

    The only possible meaning I can come up with is "growing" - ie the amount of pain in the world is getting bigger all the time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: heaping helping of pain

    Quote Originally Posted by jaleel2007 View Post
    Hi teachers,

    What does the following sentence mean?

    "heaping helping of pain"

    The whole sentence is:
    "In fact, given the heaping helping of pain, bad manners, and bum luck in the world, many deists think he/she/it doesn’t even know humans are here at all."

    Actually, that is part of sentence.
    Thank you
    I agree with emsr that the word "heaping" is probably not the best word, but I can't say that it is wrong. As with a heaping spoonful of something, it creates the idea of full, overfull, and possibly overflowing.

    see heap here: heaping - definition of heaping by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: heaping helping of pain

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree with emsr that the word "heaping" is probably not the best word, but I can't say that it is wrong. As with a heaping spoonful of something, it creates the idea of full, overfull, and possibly overflowing.

    see heap here: heaping - definition of heaping by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    That's the first time I've encountered "heapful" used in that way. In BrE, it would be a "heaped spoon[ful]".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Aug-2013 at 08:16.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: heaping helping of pain

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's the first time I've encountered "heapful" used in that way. In BrE, it would be a "heaped spoon[ful]".
    Just when I think my rate of learning the differences in our common language is slowing down, I learn of another. It's definitely "heaping spoonful" here, but now I know not to "correct" "heaped."
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Aug-2013 at 08:16.
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