Hello and welcome back to our Word of the Day in May video series! Today we’ve got a bit of a double word – the noun “ginger” and the adverb “gingerly.” Although these look similar, they mean completely different things.
Ginger is a food – it is a root that looks like this, and it has kind of a sharp taste. Ginger is used a lot in Asian cooking to give flavor to a dish. You can also use it to make tea. Do you like ginger? I do!
So what does gingerly mean? If you do something gingerly it means you do it very carefully and cautiously, like you are hesitant to do it. If I injured my leg, I would probably rest it for a while – and then when I started walking again I would gingerly put weight on that leg; I’d do it slowly and cautiously because I don’t want to hurt it again.
Today’s words of the day – ginger, which is a food, and gingerly, which means carefully and cautiously. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video!