Off topic: I love English! (And they say Spanish is difficult...)
Thread poster: Luisa Ramos, CT

Luisa Ramos, CT  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:53
Member (2004)
English to Spanish
Aug 4, 2007

I love English
Can you read these right the first time?

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?

Let's face it, English is a crazy language. You lovers of the English language might enjoy this . . . There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP."

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.

When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.

Fess UP like this!

One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so............ Time to shut UP .....!


Hilde Granlund  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:53
English to Norwegian
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wonderful Aug 4, 2007

cheer UP, we know what you mean


mediamatrix (X)
Local time: 11:53
Spanish to English
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English 'OU' words ... Aug 4, 2007

The tractor ploughed through the rough ground and a round wire wound itself around the axle. A passer-by from Slough thought he should help, coughed, then shouted: "You ought to slough the mud off it thoroughly – although you should use stout gloves to be sure you won't wound yourself with the wound-around round wire!".

Spanish pronunciation is a doddle in comparison!



Luisa Ramos, CT  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:53
Member (2004)
English to Spanish
That was gooooood! Aug 5, 2007

Thanks MediaMatrix. Excellent!


Paul Adie  Identity Verified
Spanish to English
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How interesting! Aug 6, 2007

Luisa, this is just fab. I love little quirky articles like this!


megane_wang  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:53
Member (2007)
English to Spanish
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Great!!! Aug 6, 2007

Thanks Luisa and MediaMatrix, now I don't feel so lonelyicon_biggrin.gif

Ruth @ MW


Local time: 00:53
Italian to English
Influenced by various Sep 17, 2007

That's what you get when a language is influenced by various languages through the ages.



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