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ject: Homographs

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

You think English is easy….?

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 would 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 head of 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, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

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

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear...

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?


Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig...

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amends? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this…

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP.'

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warmUP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.At other times the little word has real special meaning.
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can addUP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many waysUP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP,
So it is time for me to shut UP!
Now it's UP to you what you do with this.
 

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On the other hand, English doesn't build gender into its nouns and require it for adjectives.

And where in German, they'll create a word that means exactly what they want it to say (schadenfreude, for example), in English we just steal whatever works best.

Basically, the "problem," such as it is, resulted from English being a collision of several languages that was used for a few hundred years before anyone cared to lock the grammar and spelling down. Most other languages developed from their precursors either in isolation or with reference to a formalized and still-current language such as Latin (retained in Church use for centuries after it ceased to be commonly used).
 

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I've remembered of another one: A horse is fast when it gallops and it is also fast when it is tied to a post. We fast when we don't eat. Crazy!
 

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there's and old parable about remove the beam from your own eye before offering to remove the mote from your brothers, I used to tell this to my son, and even thought he knew Jesus was a carpenter, he completely lost the wood connection and thought beam of light, took him 32 years to figure it out, then one day he came to me and said I got it , beam of wood , now it makes sense
duh,
Well he's dead now so it don't matter, my son that is , can't fix stupid, drugs.
 

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On the other hand, English doesn't build gender into its nouns and require it for adjectives.

And where in German, they'll create a word that means exactly what they want it to say (schadenfreude, for example), in English we just steal whatever works best.

Basically, the "problem," such as it is, resulted from English being a collision of several languages that was used for a few hundred years before anyone cared to lock the grammar and spelling down. Most other languages developed from their precursors either in isolation or with reference to a formalized and still-current language such as Latin (retained in Church use for centuries after it ceased to be commonly used).
what gender is "best" least? bluest? , flabbergastedest (sp?) ? and why isn't a personal pronoun like she gender automatic , well I guess it depends on the person we are talking about nowdays
 

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what gender is "best" least? bluest? , flabbergastedest (sp?) ? and why isn't a personal pronoun like she gender automatic , well I guess it depends on the person we are talking about nowdays
For example: In Spanish, "cat" is "gato" (for a male cat) or "gata" (for a female one). A black cat is "un gato negro" or "una gata negra". Note that not only the indefinite article "un/una" (the) but also the adjective "negro/negra" (black) has to match the gender of the noun.

Confusingly, "la gente" ("the people") is feminine, even when the people being referred to are all male.

In English, gender is given through pronouns when needed, (she, he, etc) but generally isn't inherent in the noun.
 
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