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Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Prepositional Phrase 2. The prepositional
phrase today is at full tilt. All right. Let's look at the note here. If someone
does something at full tilt, he or she does it quickly or by moving at full
speed. Okay. Let's continue. The origin of this goes all the way back to the Middle
Ages and jousting. It derives from the old English tilt.
T-Y-L-T-E . Today you see it spelled as T-I-L-T. Now remember jousting that's you know,
with the Knights were on their horses and they charged towards each other with
that like long stick. That they kind of try to knock each other down from. And
sometimes you know, they had some real accidents. And some people might have
even died. Even though this was in competition or practice. All right. Let's
continue. The word tilt meant unsteady or leaning into an attack which would make
sense because when you're jousting you probably lean forward a little bit. You
know, as you're going at full speed. The original word for jousting was tilting.
Okay. We can find this phrase tilting at windmills in Cervantes, Don Quixote,
Yeah. I remember when I read that when I was younger. younger. I said why are they saying tilting
at windmills ? Well now we know. It's because tilting meant jousting.
Here we can easily see how the meaning evolved to mean at full speed because
Knights usually rode their horses at full speed while jousting. So this is
how it really came about. All right. Anyway, Let's look at we got three examples here.
Example number one. The attacker charged at full tilt toward him. Yeah. So it could
just be somebody running charging like that. Or number two here. The racecar
driver was driving at full tilt. So he probably had his foot all the way down
on the gas pedal to test out his new racecar. Okay. Good. Or the third one we
have here. Because they are behind schedule
in preparing orders, they ordered the assembly line
to move at full tilt. Of course, this would be in a factory. They want them to move
faster, And maybe they want them to do some overtime too. So they make sure they
can catch up to their orders. Okay. Anyway, I hope you got it. I hope it's clear. Thank you
for your time. Bye-bye.
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English Tutor Nick P Prepositional Phrase (2) At Full Tilt

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anitawu12 published on August 29, 2019
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