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This thread is to, two, too long!

But seriously, have you ever tried explaining to a seven year old that there are three words that sound the same, are spelled differently, and have different meanings?  The look I got was one of "I'll add this to my growing list of things that you adults have screwed up".

There are whole dictionaries of homophones (nothing to do with gay i-pads) words that SOUND the same but aren't.

Then there are those words that LOOK alike but sound and mean something different, such as :-

Wind (an aspect of the weather) and wind, (as in turning a handle) or

Row (as in a straight line of soldiers) or row (as is disagreeing with the wife) or


Eloise posted:
Adam Zielinski posted:

Don - I will do you one better: Pole dancing vs Pole dancing

I once knew a pole dancing pole. Unfortunate she learned English in America and a bonnet fell on her head!

We've been living in Canada for part of each year since 2000, but Mrs D is still surprised when she orders (say) burger & chips and ends up with a packet of crisps with her burger. She can't get her head around the idea that burger & fries would deliver what she is expecting.

OTOH Fish & Chips does deliver fries rather than crisps.

Abstracted from some website or other....

There is no difference in meaning between center and centre. Center is the preferred spelling in American English, and centre is preferred in varieties of English from outside the U.S.

Some people do make distinctions between the words. For instance, some prefer to treat center as the word for a place or institution and centre as the word for the middle point of something. But while these preferences may be taught in some schools and are perhaps common among careful English speakers in Canada, the U.K., and elsewhere, they are not broadly borne out in 21st-century usage.

Following on from the mention of fish and chips, wouldn't the sentence 'I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign' have been clearer if quotation marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and Chips, as well as after Chips?

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