Friday, November 19, 2010

Fabulously Fun Friday ~ A Little Fun with English

A king reigns, but he never reins, or rains. However, he might reign in the rain, or rein in someone who objects to his reign. (BTW, why isn't a king's reign pronounced "rin"? After all, someone from another country is "foreign," right? But wait, maybe "foreign" is the odd ball out because we also have "deign" and "feign.")

A bare bear has no hair. But a hare definitely bears hair.

A beau holding a bow can bow while balancing on a bough, but it is probably rather hard to do. However, if he bows while standing on the bow of a ship with his hair in a bow, that might be easier.

You can write with your right hand about a Scottish rite, but be sure you get it right.

Once upon a time, two boys chopped a cord of wood to sell for four cents. There at the fore, their mother cored and baked apples to sell too. However, the scents stole their senses and now they're singing chords that rhyme for thyme.

Due to the dew, do you think the ewe will lay under the yew?

Eight bald babies bawled as they ate.

When it comes to betting dough, you may need to know whether a wether can weather the weather better than a doe.

And one last one...

Merry Mary was all set to marry principal Larry, but now he's overdue, and she's standing at the altar feeling quite hostile and piqued. She doesn't want to overdo, but it's the principle of the thing. Perhaps she will alter her plans and peek at the Apennine peaks and roam the hostel in Rome on her own.

Happy Friday, everyone! :D

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  1. No wonder people taking English as a second language get so confused. :D Gotta love it.

  2. Part of our problem is that modern English is such an amalgamation of other languages. "Beau," for example, is French, so the French pronunciation rules apply. Maybe that makes us all polyglots, think? ;)

  3. LOL! I love this post! And I agree with the previous comments ... learning english as a second language (which I have had to do) can generate multiple and simultaneous headaches!
    It's so hard to wrap your head around the spelling of words that sound so much alike!

    Very cute ... made my afternoon :)

  4. Whoa! This post makes me want to shut off the computer and take a deep breath. How'd we ever learn all that stuff?

  5. Lorna, yes! I grew up speaking another language and I can only think of one word they have that is a homonym. (Their word for red and yellow is the same.)

    Katie, yes, we are definitely a melting pot language!

    Writnblock, Glad you enjoyed it. :) I was surprised how many of them there were once I got to thinking about it. And there were ones that I didn't use, so there are lots more!

    Gullible, LOL. I think we learned them one word at a time, but it makes me have a little more mercy on my 1st grader as she learns her spelling words/definitions! :)

  6. He he he. So have you ever made that bet, Pegg??? Hmmmm? ;>)

  7. Did you make these up on your own, Ly? They are very clever and original sounding.

  8. Never understood English pronunciations! :D

  9. Sylvia, Yes and thanks.

    Lynn, lol. It is strange that we spell a word the same but when used one way it is pronounced differently than if it is used another way. (Bow, for instance.)

    Linda, :)

  10. My son just got accepted to Harding University where he will be a Bison. So I said, "Bye, Son!"

    True story.