2019年11月18日

Article Discussion 39: Paper

[Paper]

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 One of the greatest inventions of man is the paper. How many times a day do you use paper? You use it as writing paper, wallpaper, tissue, notebook, wrapper, book, magazine, envelope, newspaper, check, photo album, computer printout, money - the list is endless. Can we envisage what life would have been like if the paper had not been invented? There would have been no newspapers, no books or magazines, no paper towels, no packing material and the cartons and many industrial activities have been very different today. A lot of the daily routine of the world confide on paper bills from giant posters to billboards. Even in this digital age of smart phones,  iPads and ebook readers, although some people have managed to replace the need for paper, to some extent, it is doubtful that it can completely abolish the use of paper altogether. Therefore, it may be agreed that paper’s roll belongs to the category with the fire, the wheel and other important discoveries.

 How many times a day do you throw paper away? That is almost endless. The truth is, we don’t think of paper. We only see it as a material to be used and discarded. Paper is the most versatile of all materials. It is inexpensive, easy to handle and always available. You can make different and interesting things with paper. Therefore we need to place importance on every little thing around us just like paper. 

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wrapper : 包装紙

envisage : 心に描く、想像する

envisage : 段ボール箱

confide : 頼りにする、信用する、秘密を打ち明ける

billboard : (屋外にある)大きな広告看板

abolish : 廃止する

discard : 捨てる、処分する

versatile : 多才な、多目的に使用できる

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