Thursday, November 24, 2011

Part 1: The Silliness of English

To celebrate Thanksgiving, here's a bit of the silliness of the English language:

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?

Disclaimer: I did not write these wonderful silly samples. They were sent to me by a friend, who got them from a friend, who....

Eat lots of turkey (or ham or whatever), then come back Saturday for another dip in the silliness bucket.


  1. I love these types of lists! Our language is so interesting!

    Have a fabulous Thanksgiving! :)

  2. No wonder we don't speak the language well! lol

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Funny.

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving, with turkey from Turkey >:D

    Cold As Heaven

  4. Well, you got the eyeballs of this old dyslexic wobbling this morning!

  5. And then we wonder why kids have a tough time in English class!
    Happy Thanksgiving, Helen.

  6. I love these but would hate to learn English as a second language.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  7. Lists like these make me immensely grateful that I never had to learn English as a second language. Have a great Thanksgiving, Helen!

  8. These are great fun , Helen! Thanks for sharing and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Hi Helen - Happy Thanksgiving - these are great sentences aren't they .. good for language students et al ..

    Fun - glad that you shared with us - cheers Hilary

  10. I avoid writing some of these words like the plague - especially wound. They throw you out of the story when you read them the wrong way.
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Y'all are right about how difficult words like these must be for those learning English as a second language!

  12. Then there are the words that sound the same but are spelled different. "Aye," said the Spanish pirate, "I poked myself in the eye, ay ay ay."

  13. Isn't it amazing how many of those there are and how confusing the English language can be! Thanks for sharing the silliness and hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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