Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Crazy English - Part 2...

Today's post is dedicated to Carol Dean Sharpe, a former English Teacher/Wrter/Editor turned "artsy person" - Check out her blog here:
But not until after you read my post and leave a comment:-}

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?

These few sentences illustrate how difficult it must be for folks who are trying to learn English as a second language (and for many of us who claim that it is our FIRST language :-)
I hope you have enjoyed these - I'll post "Part 3" after another "Artistic Interlude" :-}
Have a Great Day!


Footsteps said...

It's a wonder we write at all! We have so many strange verb/noun twists to contend with...

OregonArtGuy said...

Hi Heather - it's definitely pretty crazy! I'l have some more Friday :-}

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What is even weirder with our language is how we can translate in an instant which way to say the word just by reading the sentence.
Well most times. :)

OregonArtGuy said...

Hi Cris - so what does that make us - really smart, or really, well... you know :-}

Artist Unplugged said...

These are very fun.....probably really hard for someone learning our language. To add to the confusion is those words that sound alike but are spelled differently. It is so right that you like to write!

Lynda Lehmann said...

I've always marveled at the inconsistencies of our language, and you've given us some good examples. No wonder we have difficulty communicating, lol...

Living together in peace is even harder. :(

Congrats on being featured at SlogBite!

OregonArtGuy said...

Unplugged - Hi Teresa - Thanks for dropping by and your comment. I do read a lot and pride myself on being well read - oops, boy is my face red! :-}

OregonArtGuy said...

Hi Lynda - thanks for your comment. It always amazes me that the English language is just so crazy! I'll have some more in a couple days :-}

Carol Dean said...

Thanks for the plug, Bill ;D I grew up bilingual: German and American English. What a treat that was! In German, things are pronounced the way the are written, not so with my mother tongue. I still have problems with words that derive from the Greek or Latin and want to pronounce them the way a German would. ha! (And they paid me to teach this stuff?)

OregonArtGuy said...

Hi Carol - my pleasure - I have a few more to post in a couple days. I sure don't know how on earth you were able to keep pronunciations straight, with all those languages floating around in your head! :-}