A few days ago, we picked up on a thread that was going around, and we made an original contribution to an existing list.
See our previous post: Logic and the English language, part 2.
Yesterday, we got an email from a friend that took this concept even further, and now it has us on a roll …
Here is more evidence that English may not be the easiest language to learn:
- The bandage was wound around the wound.
- The farm was used to produce produce.
- The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
- We must polish the Polish furniture.
- He could lead if he would get the lead out.
- The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
- Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
- A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
- When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
- I did not object to the object.
- The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
- There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
- They were too close to the door to close it.
- The buck does funny things when the does are present.
- A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
- To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. (Later, the farmer also taught the sow to sew.)
- The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
- Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
- I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
- How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
And a few additions of our own:
- The violinist, a master with the bow, took a bow to the audience.
- You wouldn’t want to be late for your morning latte.
- Many decorate with holly in the holy season.
- The judge dared to convict the convict once again.
- The lather worked up quite a lather while cleaning the woodworking equipment.
- Does it take a college course to learn to make a collage?
- The august scholar was introduced in August.
- A rebel with a cause has reason to rebel.
- Do they eat lima beans in Lima, Peru?
- There is a very nice city called Nice, in France.
And, several entries from our friends at fun-with-words.com:
- Please excuse me while I think of an excuse.
- The button was so minute that it was a minute before I found it.
- It’s the referee’s job to record the new world record.
- When people abuse drugs this is called drug abuse.
- To contest the issue they held a contest.
- John became a convert after deciding to convert to another religion.
- If I need a duplicate I can use the copy machine to duplicate the letter.
- The guard will permit you to pass if you show a valid permit.
- Please put my typewriter to use because I never use it.
- They alternate between using the alternate machine and the main one.
- My grandfather is aged ninety-two so he is quite aged.
- I crooked my neck to see the man with the crooked stick.
- Extreme weather may desolate a place making it a desolate place.
- Everything I know I learned from that learned old man.
- The overture took years to perfect, but eventually it was perfect.
- I want you to separate the cards into two separate piles.
- I tried to console the controller as he stood at his console.
- John was content that the content of the box was undamaged.
- The drawer drew a picture of the cupboard and drawer.
- The lavishly decorated entrance will entrance the visitors.
- It will incense the bursar that we have spent so much on incense.
- As my mother moped about, a man on a moped rode by.
- I broke a number of bones in my right hand; it’s number than the left.
- As the charity event proceeds, the proceeds keep pouring in.
- The President will recount the events that led to a vote recount.
- I resent the fact that the letter was lost, but I have resent it.
Now, you’ve had a loose lesson on Heteronyms. wasn’t that fun?