True (as action)

March 21, 2017
We all know true as a descriptive to something that is genuine or real. This word may also be used as a verb.

“True” as a verb:
It seems this little word is utilized in artisan or trade lingo.

For example, defines “True” verb definitions as
 to make true; shape, adjust, place, etc., exactly or accurately

then offers usage example to true the wheels of a bicycle after striking a pothole.
 (especially in carpentry) to make even, symmetrical, level, etc. (often followed by up ):
then offers usage example to true up the sides of a door.

And I love it for two reasons
a) these artisans and tradesmen are quietly passionate to “true” their craft
b) the usage notes are examples not rules.

The latter said, the rule behind using  “true” as a verb is, you can true an object, not a person. For example, I cannot “true” a man who has gone awry after we hit a pothole in our relationship; however, I could make effort to true up the communication in the relationship.

Do you have projects at home that you need to true?


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