A homonym is a word with multiple meanings. For example a “bow” is the front of a ship and also what you use to shoot arrows. CrossFitters have introduced many homonyms into the parlance. As a matter of fact, sometimes it seems like CrossFitters have their own special language. Here are some common homonyms with which every CrossFitter is familiar:
|Common usage||What it means to a CrossFitter|
|Fun||The thing in question was mirthful or amusing||It didn’t kill you.|
|Cardio||Plodding on a treadmill for 40 minutes while watching TMZ and keeping your BPM in a “zone”.||3 rounds of 400 meter sprint, 21 kettlebell swings, 12 pullups. After the first round you’re breathing fire.|
|Pushup||Lower yourself an inch. Call it good.||Your chest is blackened from repeated contact with the ground.|
|Fitness||Something you measure by gazing into a mirror.||Something you measure by your ability to do stuff.|
|Food||Anything containing calories.||Anything containing nutrition.|
Language is important because it shapes how we think. English in particular is capable of uniquely enobling expression. In it’s highest function our language can inspire us to do amazing things. But when a word can no longer inspire the world shrinks and we are diminished. Your words don’t have to be big, but their meaning should be.