Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Okay...
There are these words that are spelled the same way, but when you say them different ways, they mean different things. Yes, I know what they are called, but I am not telling you, so you can't cheat and go look online for them. And if you know what they are called, no going and looking online for them as well.




I want you all to THINK of words that you can say more than one way and that gives them a different meaning...

A few examples to start you off with:
Read
Wound
Rebel
Lead
Project

Now think of your own!!
And post them, please. :)

Next week we will list mumes (which is plural for mumpsimus).
It means: adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language.

Or maybe a or two paragoge:
the addition of a sound or group of sounds at the end of a word

12 comments:

Cindy said...

wind

I'm glad I am first because I'm not sure I can think of any more--BUT I love the challenge.

Cindy said...

bow

Ha! another one!!

What about---

sow

I probably won't sleep tonight--Thanks, Faith!!

Cindy said...

one more!!

tier

Anonymous said...

tear.

Damien said...

Excuse me, but would you polish the bass of the entrance for a minute.

(There's five of those-we-do-not- speak-of in the above sentence)

nepalfreak said...

live

littlesarah said...

invalid

Cindy said...

On my way to work this morning I thought of

desert

but I was sure someone else would post it ahead of me--surprise:)

Cindy said...

I guess it's not fair to enter

winds
bows
bowing
bowed
tearing
tears
deserts

etc :0 :b :)

I just thought of another one--

does

Dasha said...

We studied that stuff at university last year, 'lexicology course' in English, I loved it, too. So much interesting things about words, their origin, classifications, characteristics, derivational specifics... Do you know what euphemisms are?

Sue said...

What is this doing here on a math-based person's site (not that it does not thrill me to see since I love English!) I love Damien's comment. I wish I were clever. And Dasha, yes. Euphemisms are our polite or politically correct way of saying something pleasantly that is really very unpleasant--like "passed away" for died, or "right to choose" instead of abort, and so on. And Faith, loved having you home one night! love you!

Cindy said...

Hah--I thought of this Sunday--

address and

progress

I know it is late but I had to add them