Friday, May 23, 2008

Grammer 202

21 Reasons Why The English Language Is Hard To Learn:

1. The bandage was wound around the wound.

2. The farm was used to produce produce.

3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4. We must polish the Polish furniture.

5. He could lead if he could get the lead out.

6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8. A bass was painted on the bass drum.

9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10. I did not object to the object.

11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13. They were too close to the door to close it.

14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16. To help with planting, a farmer taught his sow to sow.

17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18. After a number of injections by the dentist, my jaw got number.

19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.

20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests, based on a certain subject.

21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

These words are not to be confused with "homonym", which are two words that sound the same, but spelled different; i.e. 'sail' and 'sale' ... (Partially with the exception of 6 ...)

The words listed above actually have no word to describe them, oddly enough, but the term "homograph" has been loosely defined as "the" word to describe words spelled the same, but with different meanings and different pronunciations and/or syllable emphasis ...

The majority of the English vernacular comes from other worldly languages ... the "homograph" is also used to describe certain English words that mean something totally different in the other languages; i.e. 'pet' in French means 'to fart', or 'trance' in Spanish means 'critical moment' ...

Although not a "homograph", my personal favorite is "Your door is ajar." ...

No wonder President Bush has such a hard time with the language ...

Respect is taken, when respect is given ...

Namaste and Slainte

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