The English Language: Gotta love it


Today we look at the English language again.  I LOVE language/words!   For a post on my other blog, I looked in a thesaurus trying to get a different way to say “Random Ramblings”  My favorite was “Promiscuous Ponderings’.  You can take a look here if you like.  I did not use that title, of course, but I sure was tempted.

The following (and the next two posts) comes from an e-mail I received.   I’d love to give credit, but it was anonymous.  I hope you enjoy as much as I did. :D

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?

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14 Comments

  1. Angie, this is precisely why writers must preserve the English language in it’s existing form. It is wonderful and exciting..and can mean many things.

  2. Very creative Angie, I would love to have known who ‘anonymous’ is! Words are fun to play with and I laughed as I read this post

    • I’m glad I could make you smile Christy.

  3. Outstanding, however, I had one problem understanding:
    16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
    I cannot see the pig scattering seeds. Tee Hee.

    • Pigs would be great at planting the seeds – rolling around on them to get them deep in the mud, I mean ground. . . . :)

  4. Agreed this is an entertaining post that illustrates the richness of the English language; but also that some of the examples are silly (like the sow sowing one; another is the bass on a bass drum because here the word has actually the same meaning, the first bass simply being short for bass singer: maybe “The bass ate his freshly cooked bass” would be better!)

  5. Awesome, fun and educational, Angie! This is also a reason we should study and know definitions and spellings before posting! :)

    • Yes it is, but since I adore typos…. I have to say what would be the fun in that? The English Language is definitely good for a laugh or two as people attempt to use it. I’m not sure many of our young folks care any more. :(

      • Oh, how I agree with you, Angie…There are so many new words and acronyms for our youth with texting, I hope they still learn the true English language. It’s actually sad, when you think about it.

      • I know – the curriculum dumbed down and the texting lingo thing have not improved the writing coming out of our schools! Fortunately, they can learn it later, but do they want to?

  6. yes, english language, we wuv u! :)

  7. Kevin Burgess

    You have not GOT TO like the language but the more you delve into its complexities, the more fascinating it becomes. Take the list of constructions 1-20 above for example; there are so many usages available in the English language of this nature.
    She shed a tear when she saw the tear in her new dress.
    Stir your tea then sit down and don’t stir !
    He turned left into the highway and found that he had no fuel left.
    Don’t grumble. Shut up the shop and then shut up!
    There was not a sound whilst sailing in the sound.
    Steal away from the party and steal the donations.
    He insinuated that he had insinuated himself into the group.
    He sat down and sat the exams.
    Please let me let my apartment.
    Be brief as you brief me.

    • Great stuff :) Thanks for sharing. I wonder how long we could keep going?

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