Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2013
    • Posts: 27
    #1

    "Dump."

    "So I buy an old dump that's got about a hundred thousand miles on the clock. I get it cheap."

    Does the word dump above means a really sh**ty car or just a type of vehicle like truck? Could it be both?
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Jan-2014 at 20:42. Reason: obscured potentially offensive term

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,516
    #2

    Re: "Dump."

    Where are you finding these sentences, anniey?

    Clapped-out vehicles are not commonly referred to as 'dumps'.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2013
    • Posts: 27
    #3

    Re: "Dump."

    From the book 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl.
    I just wanted to know what 'dump' exactly is . It was said by Matilda's father who is a second-handed car dealer.

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

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,312
    #4

    Re: "Dump."

    It could be any type of vehicle. Context might tell you more about what it is.

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,630
    #5

    Re: "Dump."

    Quote Originally Posted by anniey799 View Post
    From the book 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl.
    I just wanted to know what 'dump' exactly is . It was said by Matilda's father who is a second-handed car dealer.
    I think Mr Roald Dahl may have been the only person to ever use that word to refer to an old car.

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,109
    #6

    Re: "Dump."

    This term was used for an old car in Australia when I was a child. I haven't heard it recently, except for an old house/building.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,937
    #7

    Re: "Dump."

    It's used for old homes and buildings in BrE. It can also be used for towns and places that we dislike.

  3. 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
    #8

    Re: "Dump."

    Quote Originally Posted by anniey799 View Post

    Does the word dump above means a really shitty car or just a type of vehicle like truck? Could it be both?
    Please bear in mind that one of the words you've used is considered offensive by some and should not be used in polite company.
    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.

  4. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: May 2013
    • Posts: 1,099
    #9

    Re: "Dump."

    I heard this word when I was in Detroit and those people meant a car. I remember it clearly even today, though I was there five years ago.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

  5. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #10

    Re: "Dump."

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Please bear in mind that one of the words you've used is considered offensive by some and should not be used in polite company.
    Quite. To spare the blushes of the faint-hearted, I have slightly censored the original post.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. "pour" or "dump"
    By LeTyan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 29-Jul-2013, 13:22
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2012, 04:23
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Jul-2012, 19:53
  4. [Vocabulary] Difference between "health" and "wellness", "Diagnosis" and "Analysis"
    By tobysky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2010, 23:43
  5. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 19:33

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
  •