Daily Prompt: Unfurl

Being a native Norwegian – if that is even a thing I do not know, I had to google the word of the day. How on earth was I supposed to know what Unfurl is?

Seriously, does anyone use Unfurl in a sentence that any give human being would understand?

I get that apparently it’s used in sailing, but excuse me the closest thing I have ever been to sailing was a tiny sailboat I had in my bathtub as a kid or the time I thought they were going to leave port with me onboard when I was visiting the Norwegian Navy KNM Storm (a lot bigger than the tiny sailboat from the tub).

I had to add the picture as proof, even if I wasn't in the Navy
- I was on a boat! Go Army girl, Go!

So again, when would someone use that word? Unfurl? I unfurl you! You unfurl me? It’s unfurlnable <- probably not even a word.

The definition of the word is as following: make or become spread out from a rolled or folded state, especially in order to be open to the wind.

So my conclusion is, I’m not supposed to understand the word or ever use it. So if you have ever used it or think you might use it, please let me know!


24 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Unfurl

  1. Hi – actually, it’s a very common word to use, if English is one’s first language – and in case you’re wondering, it often speaks of an element of softness – like petals on a flower bud, that slowly, with heat and light, come open. So you might say, the hibiscus bud, slowly unfurled (or unfurls, if present tense is used), each slip of a petal, a rolling wave opening as the sun warmed its shore. Okay, granted, it is rather a “poetic” word – and it can sound odd, if used in more utilitarian ways, but it’s actually a very lovely word.


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    1. That might be the case but for those os us who do not have English as our mother tongue we might struggle were seeing where the word should be properly used especially when google gives you a bad explanation of the word.

      I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the word, but the google version I got – mad it pretty much useless in a daily life.

      The version you gave me, well I might have been able to use somewhere not on a daily basis – but, at some point. It sounds better. You need to tell google your version, and make it a nice thing. Not a boat thing.

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      1. I completely understand what you mean – it is an odd word, and honestly, it’s the opposite of the word “curling” – as in something unrolling itself, usually in a slow and sensuous or sinuous manner, which is why flags and sails are often said to “unfurl.”
        It’s not an easy word to use though. And I have to say, even if English isn’t your mother tongue, you express yourself very well.
        Take care 🙂

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      1. Ah I can’t remember because it wasn’t a book I wanted to read lol but if I come across it again I’ll have to link you to it, it was a synopsis written on GoodReads

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