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    Wearing...

    I wonder how to use wear in various contexts other than clothes such as;

    A is wearing make-up.

    A is wearing perfume.

    A is wearing a bullet hole in his forehead. <-- This one made me a bit lost.

    How can 'wear' be used in various kind of contexts?

    Please help.


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    Re: Wearing...

    wear means 'have on one's body or a part of one's body as clothing, decoration, protection, or for some other purpose'

    So - "I wear a moustache." You can see it on my face.

    If you see a bullet hole in the head of someone's dead body, they did not grow or apply that hole/put a gun to their head and make a bullet hole for a fashion statement. The statement 'wearing a bullet hole in his forehead' makes it sound as horrific as: "My God. He's wearing a moustache. Some depraved maniac from a film studio make-up department must have attacked him and put a false moustache on him."
    'wearing a bullet hole in his forehead' is the oh, so cool way of saying 'he's been shot', as if it is as everyday as saying 'he's wearing a moustache'.
    No woman coming into a room, seeing the corpse with a hole in its head, and with the horror of it, doing the mandatory scream: this is 'cool', blasť private eye/private detective/gumshoe colloquial speech! Seeing a bullet hole in a head is as routine for them as noticing that someone is wearing glasses.
    Last edited by David L.; 29-Nov-2008 at 00:30.

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    Re: Wearing a bullet hole in his head


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    Re: Wearing...

    Thanks so much, David. You gave me very clear explanation.

    jlinger, you posted picture scared me out when I scrolled down and made eye contact with 'him.'

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