Word is a Funny

March 19, 2013

Blog posts need pictures. Here’s one:

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Funny is a word, and by the Commutative Law, word is a funny. Here are some ways that word is a funny:

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Here are Some Further Assaults on the English Language

February 8, 2013

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Here are some Redefinitions:

A rest stop: When the police pull you over to arrest you

Ironic: Having qualities of iron. Example: “Iron Man is ironic.”

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A Passel of Google Virgins

December 8, 2012

Passel: a large group of people or things of indeterminate number

Google Virgins: phrases that do not yet appear anywhere on the world wide web, according to Google (sorry, vast majority of people who found this post by typing in the word “virgin”)

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Word Playtocracy

November 27, 2012

A small change in spelling can create a brand new homophone…

Bicycle becomes Bicicle: Two icicles

Window becomes Windough: The goal of lottery players

Anteater becomes Aunteater: Yikes!

Because becomes Beecause: An issue that bees care deeply about

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Homophonia! Or, How You Spell Things Matters!

November 21, 2011

Consider the differences in meaning between these phrases that sound the same but are spelled differently:

  • “You’re in danger!” vs. “Urine danger!” Of course, maybe you’re in danger because of urine danger, I don’t know.
  • “Scientists have discovered rings around Uranus,” vs., well, you can guess that one. Read the rest of this entry »

Werd Thots

November 13, 2011

Some of these come from my cousin Judi.

  • When it comes to sugar, we have both sugar-free and sugarless. So why do we say fat-free, but never fatless, and speechless but never speech-free? Further observations of -free vs. -less:

Revealed: The True Names of Towns

August 11, 2011

Some town and city names need to be slightly altered to reveal their true identities. After extensive research, I have discovered the following true names of commonly misspelled locations:

  • Alcohol abuse runs rampant in the small town of Hanover, New Hampshire, home of Dartmouth College. One small “g” inserted into Hanover reveals the true identity of this town: Hangover.
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Word Musings

June 19, 2011

Today at a restaurant, my 13-year-old son told me he was disappointed that the server didn’t bring a “check” like he promised – he brought a bill. My son said that he would have preferred a check, for any amount, to a bill.

We go boating, biking and  motorcycling. For consistency, I think we should base all verbs on their noun counterparts. Some might require altering the spelling a bit. For example, riding in a car we might write that we went carring in order to differentiate it from caring. I personally spent today fooding – I fooded everything I seed.

Why are there hotel rooms & motel rooms but instead of “inn rooms,” we have to say “rooms at the inn”? Read the rest of this entry »


Strange Word Thoughts

October 11, 2010

Here are some useful definitions:

  • Charity: an itty-bitty chair
  • Underwhere?: lost underpants
  • Relationship: A boatload of your relatives

Why is the plural of attorney attorneys and not attornies? Is it the fault of that ‘e’ before the ‘y’? In that case, get rid of it. From now on, it’s attorny and attornies. Of course, if you want to save money, you can call your atorny a-torn-knee, in which case your torn knee can act as its own legal representative in suing for compensation. Read the rest of this entry »


Words That Should Be

June 27, 2010

Confission: Confusion about fission, maybe confusing fission with fusion.

Fart: Short for “Fine Art.”

Politack: A political attack.

Politactic: A political tactic, possibly involving politacks.

Membrain: The part of the brain that remembers things.

Forgret: Forgetting to regret, or regretting something you forget. Read the rest of this entry »


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