Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a saddled girl”
2. After a linking verb, as in “She was saddled.”)
Someone saddled, or someone saddled with something, has a heavy, difficult responsibility.
As you imagine a saddled horse or an ox saddled with a heavy load, you'll note that today's word is very easy to understand. It's another word that might go underutilized, which is why we're taking a look at it.
We're focusing on the participial adjective "saddled."
You can use "saddle" as a verb, of course:
"She saddled him with a troublesome task."
"I can't believe you're saddling me with this many chores."
"Saddle" is also useful as an abstract noun, as in "the saddle of excessive paperwork."
How to use it:
Talk about getting saddled with something or being saddled with something: "College kids these days are saddled with debt." You can talk about someone saddling someone else, too: "Society has saddled college kids with massive debt."
Moving to a smaller house after your kids are grown and gone, especially if you're saddled with an enormous property tax bill each year, is undeniably practical.
Heaven help you if you get saddled with a terrible nickname.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "saddled” means when you can explain it without saying “burdened” or “put upon."
Think of a pressing responsibility or a constant compulsion you have, and fill in the blanks: "_____ would be more (fun/bearable) if I weren't saddled with _____."
Example : "Shopping in downtown Hilo would be more fun if I weren't saddled with a compulsion to correct all the spelling and punctuation errors on every handwritten sign."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game content is protected by a copyright, so I can't reprint the trivia questions here--but check out the challenging, endlessly entertaining game; it's called Moot!
A Point Well Made:
G. C. Lichtenberg: “Before we blame, we should first see if we can excuse.”
1. The opposite of SADDLED is
2. A good friend of mine is saddled with _____
A. a wonderful sense of humor.
B. an unusual but steady job history.
C. a nearly constant migraine headache.
Answers are below.
To be a sponsor and send your own message to readers of this list, please contact Liesl at Liesl@HiloTutor.com.
Make Your Point is crafted with love and brought to you each day for free by Mrs. Liesl Johnson, M.Ed., a word lover, learning enthusiast, and private tutor of reading and writing in the verdant little town of Hilo, Hawaii. For writing tips, online learning, essay guidance, and more, please visit www.HiloTutor.com.
Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
Answers to review questions:
Subscribe to "Make Your Point" for a daily vocabulary boost.