Writer’s Workshop: Look What I Found On “Found”

“Found” is one of those words in the English language that has a bunch of meanings that have nothing to do with each other. Of course, it’s the past tense of “find,” as in “I found a $20 bill!” I can also say “That $20 is found money.” In this case, “found” is a gerundive, or verbal adjective.

“Found” can also mean “establish.” You usually see this in its past tense, as in “The United States was founded on July 4, 1776.” The people who did this are generally called the Founding Fathers, or in today’s more gender-neutral world simply the Founders. Gary Sinise established the Gary Sinise Foundation, which assists returning service members return to civilian life, especially if they were disabled in mind, body or spirit by their service. Gary also founded The Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago along with Jeff Perry and Terry Kinney. A lot of great names came through Steppenwolf, including Laurie Metcalf (from Roseanne and The Big Bang Theory, who was married to Jeff Perry at the time; their daughter Zoe plays Sheldon’s mother on Young Sheldon), John Malkovich (who’s been in a number of movies, including 1999’s Being John Malkovich), and the recently-deceased John Mahoney (who played Martin on Frasier and was in 1996’s Primal Fear with Richard Gere).

As a side note: anyone who’s familiar with The Big Bang Theory knows that Laurie Metcalf has a recurring role as Mary Cooper, Sheldon’s mother. When we saw the first episode of Young Sheldon, we were amazed that Zoe Perry did such a convincing job as a younger Mary Cooper. I mean, she looked and sounded so much like her. We had no idea they were mother and daughter until we looked it up.

I thought those were the only two meanings for the word, then I realized there’s a third: melting metal and pouring it into a mold. As you might have guessed, that’s what they do in a foundry.

So, I found several different meanings for the word found. Can you think of any others?

19 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Look What I Found On “Found”

    1. Neither did we at first. We just saw “Young Sheldon” and the resemblance is uncanny, and we were really impressed by how much Zoe sounded like Laurie, so we looked her up on IMDb. That’s when we found they were mother and daughter.


  1. Very informative thankyou! On Laurie Metcalfe – she is so amazingly funny! I love her! I can’t wait to see her in LadyBird! It looks so good!


  2. We were surprised too about Laurie Metcalf being Zoe Perry’s mom and found out exactly the same way. We just watched Lady Bird yesterday. Such a good actress. Looking forward to seeing her in the Roseanne re-boot.


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