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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fun Friday with a little help from my friends . . .

You Think English is Easy???

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 There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France .. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. - Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "quick"

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this too.

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 .

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

Would like to have this in your backyard?

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. -Victor Hugo

The Fastest Gun in the West - Bob -


Chatty Sandie

No baby news.

And if you have gotten down this far - I am making an apology for yesterday's blog. It was indeed true about Lee Marvin, but not about Captain Kangaroo or Fred Rogers. I thought i had checked it out, but got messed UP. Urban Legends.
Sorry . . .


The Quintessential Magpie said...

That's okay. I feel prey to urban legends a time or two myself. ;-)

I loved these funnies. Thanks for the smiles as always...


Sheila :-)


You have such a great sence of humour! I love it. Your comics are so cute, I can relate to a few of them. I also love the inspirational start to your page. Nice to be back to visit you.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love Friday and all the funnies! Oh no, well I also have been taken in with urban legends. I still enjoyed the post!! Hugs girl!! TGIF!!!

Aunt of 14 said...

I love this! This was great!! And the Mama Moose is HUGE!!! I mean like really really big. Makes me wonder how big a Daddy Moose is!

In the course of reading your post, something else occured to me. Why is it that a goose becomes geese when there is more than one, but a moose doesn't become a meese?

varunner said...

Love the coffee cartoon. Too funny. Glad I'm not a coffee drinker ;-)

Susan said...

Oh Sandie...That was a great post. The moose in the backyard cooler were amazing. Where was that shot? Do you know? Lots of smiles, Sandie. By the way. Is Velvet Over Steel a book? Susan

Susan said...

Oh Sandie...That was a great post. The moose in the backyard cooler were amazing. Where was that shot? Do you know? Lots of smiles, Sandie. By the way. Is Velvet Over Steel a book? Susan

Knitty said...

The English language comments reminds me of oxymorons like jumbo shrimp, pretty ugly, bad luck and good grief.

There is no sense to it, is there?

Nick said...

Phew, you exhausted me with all that. But fun stuff.

Angela said...

Hey Sandie!

Fantastic funnies for Friday! hehehe You've gotta love the English language. Can't believe that baby isn't here yet! I think he's just too comfortable where's he's at and just doesn't want to come out!

Have a Wonderful Weekend! Hopefully the baby will be here by then!

Melanie said...

Wow, my head is spinning from all those sentences!! It's stuff that we don't really think about, but I'm sure for those trying to learn the English language, it must drive them mad!!
It reminds me of an old I Love Lucy episode where Ricky is getting his 'gh's mixed up. It's really funny. :)
The moose video is so cute, but, NO, I don't think I would want them in my backyard. They can do some damage!
I've seen that guy with the gun on TV before. It's amazing how fast he can shoot!
I hope you get some baby news this weekend. :)

Donna B said...

Sandie...this is one of your best posts. I just loved it. You are amazing with your research! I absolutely LOVED the mother Moose with her baby "meese" (LOL)... it was perfect with the music and words to the song. That Bob, fastest gun in the west was very impressive, but not too modest. Loved the jokes and the English lanquage paradox. Awesome post...loved it!!

That corgi :) said...

loved all the cartoons! and our language is so confusing, isn't it? I think that's why people say it is a hard language to learn!

have a good weekend!


Ginny said...

Goodness you put a lot of work in to your posts and they are so varied!! The quick draw guy is amazing and I'm showing that to hubby. I don't know about the dimond ring thing!! LOVE the english language thing and had to print that one out. You are an encyclopedia of wild, funny and weird facts!!

Stella said...

You post makes me really feel up and I can't write much more so I need to shut up. It was great I love it.

Together We Save said...

Thanks for making me smile!!!

Crystal Mary said...

Hello sweetness. Is it English or double dutch???Lol, Actually the other day when I wrote Polish to you I looked and looked at the word and wondered if I had spelt it correctly..
What about butcher...
But cher..
Another crazy one.
Love ya. Crystal xx

Deb said...

Hi...just me stopping by...our language is really difficult at best! Baby? When? Where? Who? Daughter? Wow! I've missed a lot.

Pat MacKenzie said...

I'm glad I grew up speaking English - it must be difficult to learn it as a second language.

Katie said...

Long post..... LOL :)

Those jokes were funny and the English language is confusing when you really think about it. Those moose were so funny and the gun guy..... WOW! Anyways, have a nice night! :)

Smiles, Katie ♥

Sharon Kirby said...
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Sharon Kirby said...

Sharon Kirby said...
Sandie - OH BOY! The little English major in me is jumping UP and down! What fun! I've thought of a few more "ups" (including the one above which I included for free).

Giving up.
Throwing up.
Up until now.
Serving up.
Up in arms.
Things are looking up.
Hands up.
What's up, Doc?

And finally - what I've been doing this week - UP to NO GOOD!!

Have a great weekend...

(p.s. In regards to "Aunt of 14"'s comment - I'm adding this - how come one fish is a fish, but you can have also have ten fish? Or one deer is a deer, but you can also have a whole bunch of deer? How come one pair of pants is plural?)

And what's the deal with these weird "spam" verification words?!?! I'm looking at "amperp" - I think that must be a burglar who operates in the wee hours of the morning...just sayin'

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Funny Friday! Thanks. I've been reading you -- short of time, so not so many comments, but still "following" you.

BECKY said...

I always love the cartoons you post!! So funny!! And yeah, no big deal about the urban legends....We all still love ya!! :)

Rose said...

love the videos. it's amazing how the man with the gun can shoot so fast. rose