Post by Harrison Hill Post by Katy Jennison Post by Harrison Hill
Do you even fail to distinguish "careen" from "career"?
Is "careen" in our BrE vocabulary at all? If it is
in what way is it distinguished from "career"?
Careen is what one does to boats. Career isn't boating unless you're a
The two verbs are also synonyms Katy. "Careen" crossed the
Atlantic in this song, and led directly to two
1) Something [in the way she moves].
2) I Feel Fine.
3) Something in the way she moves
"To me the words are nice the way they sound".
Led directly? What on earth does that mean? The word careen does not
appear in either of those songs.
[Influenced by career v. 2] To rush headlong, to hurtle, esp. with an
unsteady motion. Chiefly U.S.
1923 E. R. Burroughs Chessmen of Mars vii. 70 The cruiser ‘Vanator’
careened through the tempest.
1925 T. Dreiser Amer. Trag. I. ii. xxiii. 312 There came a
contact..which set his thoughts careening in an entirely different
1928 F. Hurst President is Born xiii. 146 With terrible, terrifying,
careening strides, that zigzagged crazily.
1928 F. Hurst President is Born xxxi. 315 The tears jetted and
careened down to her lips.
1940 Amer. Speech 15 72 Careen of recent years has come to mean ‘to
rush headlong’, or ‘hurtle’, doubtless because of its resemblance to career.
1957 H. Roosenburg Walls came tumbling Down iv. 91 A lot of Russians
careening along the road on liberated bicycles.
1965 H. Gold Man who was not with It (1965) v. 46 A shrill cry
careened down the street.
Laura (emulate St George for email)