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Fun With Words ~ Pronunciation Variations April 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.

Lumpus-MooseLearning to speak English is not intuitive.

Words spelled the same are often pronounced differently, and words spelled differently often share a common pronunciation.

And inexplicable pronunciation variations are only one speed bump to master while learning the English language:

1) The doctor wound the bandage around the wound.

2) The farmer used most of his acreage to produce produce.

3) The overflowing dump had to refuse to accept more refuse.

4) Each week, we polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead the way if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) There is no time like the present to present a present.

8 ) At the Army base, they painted a bass 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.

11) Invalid insurance will do the invalid no good.

12) The oarsmen had a row about how to row.

No matter how long we wonder and ponder, the pronunciation variations of the English language are apt to remain a mystery.

It’s one/won of the reasons I love to write/right!

Want to join the fun?  Share a few of your favorite English language idiosyncracies below!

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1. chrissiebee - April 29, 2010

Brilliant post! There are so many ‘rules’ that don’t apply to so many words in the English language. I feel sorry for children and teachers alike learning and teaching these oddities to pupils.

nrhatch - April 29, 2010

It’s hard to learn to read when we’re told, “just sound it out,” and the sounds are ever shifting . . . even for words spelled exactly the same.

Sound, bound, wound . . . but tuned, wound, swooned. ; )

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