“Grow”

As in “a grow”–one or more marijuana plants in a delineated area under intentional cultivation.

Yes, it is January 1, 2014 in America and that means new laws go into effect and old laws go off the books. And in one state in the Union the buying, selling, and using of marijuana (if you’re over 21) is now legal for recreation. However you feel about this, you are here at 3freewordsaday to upgrade your vocabulary and today is the appropriate time to learn the usage of a marijuana grow.

The term has been in the vernacular of the underground industry of buying and selling marijuana for years. Now it is coming into the mainstream as the industry comes into legality. But it has yet to enter the dictionaries save for the Urban Dictionary.com and there incorrectly and as slang with other definitions.

A grow is a NOUN. And apart from the heretofore slang usage of the term for any number of things, it is used by the DEA to mean a segment of soil or water wherein the intentional cultivation of marijuana plants takes place, whether illegally or legally.

Happy New Year…

Resolution

Resolution (NOUN) as in New Year’s Resolution–likely the best known usage of the word, at least to American ears–is listed third of six definitions/usages on Merriam Webster.com.  And if dictionaries are compiled the way they were when I was in junior high, that means the further down you travel in the list of definitions, the less used that iteration of the term is used. To put it more straightforward, the first definition is the most prevalent version in that language–here American English–and so on down. Some of the definitions of resolution include analyzing, answering, or determining as in an act of resolving; a formal expression of opinion; and the measure of the sharpness of an image such as on a computer screen.

Entry number three reads: (3a actually)  “something that is resolved <made a resolution to mend my ways>.” From this definition we get our first-of-the-year custom of resolving to do something to better our lives in the upcoming 365 days. (You can view all six definitions at m-w.com.)

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