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The notion of height It has several uses, according to the etymological origin attributed to the term. When high comes from the Latin word cumŭlus, can be used to name what excels of the limits of the container that contains it.

High, in this sense, it can also be what complete or exhaust something . In colloquial language, it is said that a thing is the last straw when it reaches an instance or an state what cannot be overcome , or that reasonably should not be overcome.

For example: “This is the last straw! This restaurant is increasingly expensive and its portions are getting smaller ”, "That in the middle of the economic crisis the deputies have increased the salary is the last straw", "The police complain about insecurity: it's the last straw".

In this sense, the term is used to denote a certain degree of discontent regarding the situation described, which can range from astonishment to profound indignation . Returning to the examples in the previous paragraph, the contradictory evolution of prices and the quality of the products of a restaurant can cause your customers to stop visiting you, but you cannot harm them or put them in danger; there is talk of height because the situation is absurd and unacceptable.

When we enter the field of politics and corruption , things change. The numerous cases of leaders who enrich themselves illegally at the expense of citizen contributions cause reactions adverse effects that can be associated with feelings and sensations such as anger, disgust and disappointment; when describing one of these many stories using the term height, the tone of the message is much darker and heavier.

Something similar occurs with the ineptitude of the security forces of certain countries, since it puts the entire population at risk. We should never accept that the police officers, who guarantee Public safety and intervention in any extreme situation that threatens our freedom and physical integrity, set aside your obligations. If, in addition to not working responsibly, they complain about the insecurity they feed themselves, we are faced with the high par excellence.

There is a large number of jokes that revolve around this concept. Usually, they begin with a question that seeks to find out the height of a person, either by mentioning it by their own name or by referring to a stereotype or professional occupation; for example, "What is the height of a hairdresser? Missing the train by the hair", "What is the height of a pharmacist? That his wife is called Remedies." It is also possible to talk about objects, places and other concepts: "What is the height of a broom? Being allergic to dust", "What is the height of Sweden? Stockholm", "What is the height of bad luck ? Not having a high. "

High and high (with an accent on the last O), on the other hand, are conjugations of the verb fill up , which refers to completing the capacity or measure of something: “I would like to know if I meet your expectations or if you would like to be with someone different”, "The stadium was filled in the new presentation of the English band", “The beach was filled with tourists during the long weekend”.

Another possible etymological root of high is found in Latin culmus. In this case, the high is called straw which is used for the coverage of cabins . By extension it is known as straw-topped roof, usually rye.

Alfredo Colmo finally it is the first name of a renowned Argentine jurist who was born in 1868 and died in 1934 .

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