In the English language there are many words that have more than one meaning; these words are called ‘homonyms’ (I had to google that *cough*). Some examples of homonyms: kind, can, mean, bark, current, tire, lie, rose, spring (I may have googled some of those too.)
Another example of a homonym is the word ‘strut’, though it’s probably not as well known.
If you are like me, when you hear the word ‘strut’, you think of walking really confidently perhaps with your hips swaying side to side. Used in a sentence: ‘Man, that girl really knows how to strut her stuff!’
But there is actually another meaning for the word. It’s a car part.
How does a young lady like myself have such great knowledge of car parts?
Well, perhaps it is because I’m practically a mechanic, OR perhaps I’ve had the delightful and memorable experience of my struts being out of commission.
If it weren’t such a frightening experience, it would be a very exhilarating one. Driving with non-functioning struts feels kind of like riding a Hawaiian rollercoaster ride. It’s a really good time, especially when you’re going over a speed bump or driving very fast around the Atlanta bypass! You will never be tempted to doze off on your morning drive to work, no sir!
Here I was going to take a moment to explain what a strut was… But I’ve realized I don’t have the technical knowledge to do that. My understanding is that they are like shock absorbers for cheaper cars. If you need further explanation you can follow this link – seemed legit to me.
Now just because having broken struts is kind of fun, doesn’t mean you should remove them from your car, or not get them fixed if they mess up. Evidently it’s very bad for your tires. Not saying I learned that from experience, but… you know…
They should be covered under a 3-year warranty; also something I may or may not have learned from experience.
We will refrain from getting into how my struts messed up in the first place – perhaps a story for another time 🙂