English Languages

Word of the Week: stranded

Written by Ioannes Oculus



Oxford: left without the means to move from somewhere

Cambridge: unable to leave somewhere because of a problem such as not having any transport or money


Polish: unieruchomiony


German: gestrandet, aufgelaufen

Russian: –


She offered a lift to a stranded commuter.

I was left stranded in the town with no car and no money for a bus.

Usage in books

According to the large clock over the arrivals board, he had ten minutes left to get on the train to Hogwarts and he had no idea how to do it; he was stranded in the middle of a station with a trunk he could hardly lift, a pocket full of wizard money and a large owl.

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


Please answer in the comments:

1. Have you ever been stranded on your holidays? How did you manage to get home?

2. Would you help a stranded stranger?

About the author

Ioannes Oculus

I am addicted to languages, both modern and ancient. No language is dead as long as we can read and understand it. I want to share my linguistic passion with like minded people. I am also interested in history, astronomy, genealogy, books and probably many others. My goals now are to write a novel in Latin, a textbook for Latin learners, Uzbek-Polish, Polish-Uzbek dictionary, modern Uzbek grammar and textbook for learners. My dream is to have a big house in UK or USA where I could keep all my books and have enough time and money to achieve my goals.

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