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Just ♥ Words—tutu

Monday, 17 November 2008 11:42

tutu-too-toEnglish—what a great language to have fun with! Below are homophones, words that sound alike but have different meanings.  (I’ve taken a few liberties here.)  My thanks to Gordon Higgins.  He’s too, too clever.

Don’t You Just ♥ Words?

to  |  too |  tutu  |  two

It's what I do for a living. Too, too sad. Anyway, hope you’ll join in the fun. These are mine. Can you find others . . . or come up with your own.  It’s good exercise for the brain—honest.

 

Just ♥ Words—slough

Saturday, 04 October 2008 11:51

sloughSlough—a great word, and one that’s kept me running to the dictionary over the years. The problem is, it has 4 different pronunciations . . . along with 6 different meanings, and I can never keep them straight.  Slough is the perfect example of a heteronym.

Don’t You Just ♥ Words?

Slough — when it sounds like . . .

slow,
is a morass or swamp or . . .
despair (as in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress)

slew,
is a sluice or drainage ditch

Sl-how . . . (or slouch, minus ch)
is a town near Liverpool, England

sluff,
is a skin (as in snake)
and a verb: to discard, throw off

—Okay, see how quickly
you can get through this—

He decided, that poor snake, in a slough of despond to slough off his slough in the slough near the slough outside Slough.

Here’s what it sounds like…

He decided, that poor snake, in a slow of despond to sluff off his sluff in the slew near the slow outside Sl-how


Well...it's how I spend my days. How do you spend yours? Got any cool words? Please join in the fun by leaving us a comment.

 

Just ♥ Words—wonton

Monday, 15 September 2008 11:57

wontonEnglish—what a great language to have fun with! Below are homophones, words that sound alike but have different meanings. (And, yes, I’ve taken a few liberties.)

Don’t You Just ♥ Words? 

want  |   wantin’   |  wanton  |  wont  |  wonton

My wont isn’t wantin’ to be wanton
I just want a wontonWant one?

Translation:
I’m not usually fresh; I’m just reaching over you for a fried wonton.


These are mine.  See if you can find others . . . or come up with your own. This is good exercise for the brain—so feel free to play along!

 

Just ♥ Words—peak

Saturday, 16 August 2008 12:02

peek-peakEnglish—what a great language to have fun with! Below is a set of homophones, words that sound alike but have different meanings and often different spellings.

Don’t You Just ♥ Words?

peak  |  peek  |  peke  |  pique

He kicked her peke out of pique when she took a
quick peek before it could peak.

Translation:
He kicked her dog in anger when she checked the oven
to see if his, uh...souffle had risen.


Okay. I came up with these. Let us know if you can you find others . . . or come up with some of your own. Leave a comment.

 

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