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01 / 03 / 2007

DIRTY vs. FILTHY: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Last week one of our Daily Vitamin subscribers, David Berga, sent us a list of words and expressions that he would like us to help him with. Today we will look at two of those words.

Today's words are: DIRTY and FILTHY

Meaning: These words are synonyms. They both mean NOT CLEAN, but filthy is stronger; filthy means very dirty.

Example 1:
David! Please clean your room before you go to school. It's filthy!

Example 2:
I always ask my son to wash his hands before eating, since they are usually very dirty.

We can also use these words figuratively to mean offensive, unpleasant or dishonest.

Example 3 (offensive):
Please turn that TV programme off. It's full of filthy language!

Example 4 (unpleasant):
I don't mind doing the dirty jobs at work, but I would appreciate some collaboration from the rest of the staff.

Example 5 (dishonest):
He is a great businessman, but I'm afraid he's involved with some dirty business with various mafias that operate in Spain.

Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. Thanks again, David, for your participation.

Have a relaxing day.