Monday Window – 36

Shuttered Windows

That title is not correct, these windows are not shuttered, you say? Ha, so we start with a quick English lesson. Yes, my friends, especially those of you who see this in translation, the English language is a many-splendored thing. There is hardly a word that has but one meaning. “Shuttered”, the adjective, has two meanings. I quote from the Collins English Dictionary:

1. adjective – A shuttered window, room, or building has its shutters closed. …
2. adjective – A shuttered window, room, or building has shutters fitted to it. …

Just to make things difficult, “shuttered” is also the past tense of the verb “shutter”.

shutter — verb (transitive)
7. to close with or as if with a shutter or shutters
8. to equip with a shutter or shutters

That last definition implies the noun “shutter”:

shutter – noun
1. a hinged doorlike cover, often louvred and usually one of a pair, for closing off a window

So there, end of lesson? Not quite. Although I chose to use the bolded meanings, these too are not quite correct. Once upon a time windows did indeed have shutters. When a storm came up it was a simple task to swing the shutters closed and latch them. The windows would then be safe from flying debris. Somehow that came into disuse. Nowadays shutters are mostly decorative items. Some still have hinges to make them look realistic but they lack the latching hardware that would secure them in inclement weather. Many indeed are hard-mounted to the side of the windows, some are not even sized to fit the windows. No protection there at all, no utility, just looks. Ah, vanity ….




© 2016 Ludwig Keck

This entry was posted by Ludwig.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


: around the world :

Transition of Thoughts

Adjudged among top 6 blogs in Creative Writing Category at BlogAdda Awards

Marsha Ingrao - Always Write

Promoting Hobby Blogging

Okefenokee Photography by William Wise

A photo journal exploration of Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp, the largest blackwater swamp in North America.

Robert's Snap Spot

Life in Full View: A Photographer's Journey

Pilgrimage Studio

A Journey of Spiritual Significance

Welcome to O.A.M.

Our Arts Magazine, Where Artists Write

lil bit of everything

shout it from the rooftops

Becky in Portugal

The Joy of Slow Travel

The life of B

Mainly through the lens of a Nikon

Social artist

Curiosity to Infinity

Lluís Bussé

Barcelona's Multiverse | Art | Culture | Science

Heavens Sunshine

Capturing the beauty of God's creation through the lens of a camera

My Camera & I

This blog is my creative outlet where I can share my photos and a bit of myself.

Renard's World

My Personal Space On The Web To Post Anything That Tickles My Fancy

the only deadhead in the hameau

From the depths of the French countryside, the miscellaneous musings of an old tie-dye wannabe

Come To Timmy

author of mysterious literature

%d bloggers like this: