Wednesday, July 11, 2007

More Words to Drive Us Batty

Check out the following sentences. Is it any wonder people from other countries find our language so confusing?

A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.
A seamstress and a sewer fell down into the sewer line.
To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
I had to subject the subject to a a series of tests.
How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

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, two meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends, but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

and for good measure . . .

Why doesn't Buick rhyme with quick?

Arggh! No wonder "us'ins poor writers" have such a h-a-r-d time. Laugh!

Gardening is so much fun. Here are a few general hints:
  • The best materials to use for mulches are clean leaves (oak leaves in particular), salt hay, shredded redwood bark, and peat moss.
  • Destroy all corn stalks and hollow stemmed weeds so that borers cannot get into them.
  • Weed when the sun is on its way up. Prune when there is no drying wind.
  • Water in the morning; spray or dust with rising temperatures but not when temperature goes above 75 degrees.

Trivia about Cindy Woodsmall:
Cindy and her family sponsor a young girl from Bangkok, living at the House of Grace which was founded to protect and care for tribal girls that are at risk of being sold into prostitution.

Interview posted: Friday, July 13th
with a drawing for a free book from Cindy.
How to get your name entered? Post a comment, email me, or phone. Easy!

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success. --William J. H. Boetcker

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