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1. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

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) After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

If you speak three languages you're trilingual. If you speak two, you're bilingual. If you speak one language, you're American.

"It's an interesting linguistic fact that, in English, a double negative forms a positive. In some languages though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language in which a double positive can form a negative." "Yeah, right."

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

How To Write Real Good;)

-Always proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
-And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
-Avoid alliteration. Always.
-Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

?This is the sort of nonsense up with which I refuse to put.? ? Sir Winston Churchill, after having been criticized for ending a sentence with a preposition
-Avoid clichés like the plague. (They're old hat.)
-Don't use no double negatives.
-Employ the vernacular.
-Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
-Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
-It is wrong to ever split an infinitive. [To boldly split infinitives that no man has split before ...]
-It is incumbent on us to avoid archaisms.
-Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.
-Eschew obfuscation!
-Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
-One should never generalize.
-Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
-Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
-Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
-Be more or less specific.
-Understatement is always best.
-One-word sentences? Eliminate.
-Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
-The passive voice is to be avoided.
-Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
-Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
-Who needs rhetorical questions?
-Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
-Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
-Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
-No sentence fragments.
-Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
-Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
-Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
-If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
-Puns are for children, not groan readers.

4. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

All reasons why i am glad i was born speaking english... ;)

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Quoting ChIqUiTtA

All reasons why i am glad i was born speaking english... ;)

You were BORN speaking english... whoa..

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Only in America...

- Can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
- Are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
- Do people order double cheese burgers, a large fry, and a diet coke.
- Do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
- Do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and leave useless things and junk in boxes in the garage.
- Do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place.
- Do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
- Do we use the word "politics" to describe the process so well: "Poli" in latin meaning "many" and "tics" meaning "blood-sucking creatures."

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

- Do people order double cheese burgers, a large fry, and a diet coke.

Actually I am guilty of that one I eat fast food very very seldom but I know I sound ridiculous when I order the double whooper burger with bacon and everything, large fries (size that up please!) and a large Diet Coke. I order Diet only because the regular soda is way to sweet for my taste...

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I think English is a very funny language. I didnt go to school to learn it originally although I had english classes in primary and secondary school (it obviously got polished when I went to college) but I started really learning it when I was 16.
My mom moved to the US with me years later and she would ask me all these questions about why the same word means the same thing, sort of like what CC posted..."The farm was used to produce produce" or "We must polish the Polish furniture". Or why the words sounded the same but were written different. That was the only time I had to stop and think about it...I would say, "I dont know mom, that is just the way it is...". Now that she is almost fluent she cant understand why some things just cant be explained. It is JUST the way it is...

9. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

hahaha Brendan.... you know what i mean!!!
so to correct myself.....
*all reasons why im glad i was born in an english-speaking country, and raised speaking english...!!*

10. Posted by chuckolas (Full Member 31 posts) 11y

English is hard to learn for the same reasons that make it such a great language. There's a reason why ryming words is so easy in English: you have alot to choose from. Of course, this is because English is a mutt. It is composed of Germanic, Latin, Celtic, and everything inbetween. But just look at the degree of precision with which you can describe something. As a basis for comparison, go look for a Spanish thesaurus. You won't find one. Because as far as I can tell, they don't exist. Because in Spanish, there is one basic way to say any given thing. That's one of many reasons why no great poetry or literature has come out of the Latin American culture in modern times: because the common language has deteriorated into a totaly non-inflective, non-informative one. I am so glad that I was raised with the English language. I love it.