ENGLISH … a mixed-up mess
Many times I’ve thought how difficult it would have been for me to learn English if it had not been my mother tongue. I am an avid reader and every page seems to be filled with words that would confound me if I were not already aware of their double, and sometimes triple, meanings.
Then, of course, there are the ones that are spelled the same and pronounced in a totally different way…or, conversely they are spelled differently but pronounced the same ! What a mess.
Recently I received an email with a list of sentences that aptly described this. Here are a few and some of my own:
* I will PRESENT the PRESENT in the PRESENT, rather than
wait ‘til tomorrow.
* The dump was so full we had to REFUSE more REFUSE.
* The DOVE DOVE into the bushes.
* Sadly his insurance was INVALID even though he was an
* See how the buck DOES prance when the DOES arrive.
* If I could PRODUCE more PRODUCE we’d eat better.
* My HEIR is out getting some AIR, he will be here ERE long.
* The COLONEL picked the KERNEL from his teeth.
I could go on forever but you get the idea. I’ll bet you have some favorites of your own. Maybe you could share some with us.