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An example use of thorn in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… be a thorn in the side of the democrats …”
A thorn is a sharp, pointed object that sticks out from a plant.
the word thorn occurs in english on average 3.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that thorn can be often used in the following areas:
1) life, nature, and living environment;