Wrinkles: Quirks of the English language
One of the most popular “Wrinkles” columns was the breakdown of “if’ in our English language. We had many requests for copies to be given to students.
Well, Harry Thompson sent in another one that shows just how easy the English language is to learn for new citizens moving to America. So, here’s a great name game for the family.
“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 a bass’ drum.
“9. When shot at, the dove’ dove’ into the bushes.
“10. I did not object’ to the object.’”
“ English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, no ham in hamburger, neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England nor were French fries invented in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi
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