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    Default The English language an why I get confused!

    The English language,an us.

    Why I get confused!!!(some may say easily lol)


    I am having a lazy Sunday, after completing five minutes of chores.
    (Guild, don’t you hate it)
    I couldn’t be bothered doing anything in my creative zone, I did stick my head in there dumped some saws I have collected for another forum member, shut and locked the doors an arrived comfortable on the couch.

    I Proceed to flip through my copy of Shop Theroy
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    Henry Ford Trade School.
    (Excellent book to read if your that way inclined)

    Chapter 9 Files and Filing



    BLUNT, I have spent nearly half a century,I’m 48, presuming a Blunt file was a file I often see at Flea Markets in boxes with other rusty stuff with stupid prices attached.
    Of course ,all the other contexts ,blunt knife blunt chisel extra.

    With not the ability to draw blood,if run across your hand ,but instead ,depositing a stain of rust an muck[emoji17].
    So for the third time in 48 years I’m wrong, in my defence your honour , tho ,really the other two times I was taken out of context[emoji4].

    So ,what other “Homonyms” are there out there, that would confuse a simpleton such as myself.
    I can think of a few but thought it mite be fun too see what popes up here.

    On another side ,note wish my father was here to talk with, he was an English school teacher and loved his beloved English language,the irony of his 5/6 being hopeless at gramma/spelling an English is not lost on me.[emoji55]


    Cheers Matt,

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    You summed it up nicely....US.....don't even try to work them out
    What does confuse me though is your emoji's, they don't show as a rendered emoji but just display as text ??????
    The person who never made a mistake never made anything

    Cheers
    Ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwbuild View Post
    You summed it up nicely....US.....don't even try to work them out
    What does confuse me though is your emoji's, they don't show as a rendered emoji but just display as text ??????
    Ray,
    Not sure why my “emoji” font show up probably!!

    Cheers Matt.

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    English is a funny language and at the risk of being banned here are a couple.

    Rubber - just be careful where you mention this. Some might turn red, some beliefs will ban it and others want to erase with it.

    A box. Just what you put in it is in your imagination particularly if you play cricket (and are batting), similarly if you are the batter in baseball you might want to protect what is between your legs (as well as between the ears but that is something different).

    Pussy, normally covered in hair, can be sweet of nature, or scratch like a cat.

    Trunk - most people would think of being part of an elephant or a container (special box) for luggage. Also found at the rear of cars unless it is a boot or there is an engine in there. In which case it is a what?

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    Whilst living in the UK, my boss asked me one day if Australians really were as relaxed as the stereotype suggested. I responded by saying how it was quite normal when you visit someone to just wear thongs (we had been living in QLD). He looked at me with a horrified face until I realised he had understood g-string. I quickly corrected myself to flip-flops. We both had a good laugh though.

    Similar thing with Americans. I work with the US military when they come to Australia for joint exercises, and part of the standard briefing they get is to ensure they have thongs for showing. Watching their faces digest this is priceless, until a well meaning Australian spoils the fun by explaining.

    Kind regards,
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    SWMBO tells a story from her time in the UK when she shared a flat with several poms. She shouted down the stairs from her rooms enquiring whether anybody had some durex. It didn't really improve the situation when she explained she wanted to seal a French letter.

    Does anybody remember the US sitcom "The Nanny?" Remember the theme tune where she gets thrown out on her fanny. That is a scenario that has the Aussie female squirming as it is more uncomfortable in Australia than the US.

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    I worked in education for quite a while at one stage, and one of the admin officers was a nice recently arrived English lady. One one occasion her Head of Department asked her to bring him some Durex. Reaction was a little bit 'um ah' aghast until a secretary handed her a large roll of sticky tape. She was still getting laughs from this when we last met her 15 years ago.
    I used to be an engineer, I'm not an engineer any more, but on the really good days I can remember when I was.

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    I’m trying to be serious an you blokes can only come up with this stuff [emoji30][emoji30][emoji30]


    What about Guard an Fender ?

    Cheers Matt.

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    So is this thred seriously funny or knot
    The person who never made a mistake never made anything

    Cheers
    Ray

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwbuild View Post
    What does confuse me though is your emoji's, they don't show as a rendered emoji but just display as text ??????
    That would be because he is using emoji from his keyboard rather than the forum based ones
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by malb View Post
    I worked in education for quite a while at one stage, and one of the admin officers was a nice recently arrived English lady. One one occasion her Head of Department asked her to bring him some Durex. Reaction was a little bit 'um ah' aghast until a secretary handed her a large roll of sticky tape. She was still getting laughs from this when we last met her 15 years ago.
    At my very first job there was a sticky tape dispenser, the large desk type model, and on it there was a manufacturers label stating "Durex abrasives." I had always thought of this as a little contradictory and self defeating until I heard the wife's story and realsied the different connotation down in Oz.



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    As an imigrunt, I came here 65years ago, aged about 9 months on arrival, I still find the English language extremely hard, to compehend.
    There are the to's, too and two, to which or witch it may be or is that bee, even then there is the other, which is meat in the sandwich??
    It's little wonder that the new Australians, choose to retain their/there own language.
    When we first arrived here, my mother spoke only Dutch, my father spoke 9 languages, so it wasn't a problem to him. Mum got hold of newspapers and read them, teaching hersef the language, 15+ years later, she still use Dutch words instead of English in places.
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    Ah yes, four absolutely great countries
    (Australia, Canada, England and United States)
    only separated by a common language.
    Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    Ah yes, four absolutely great countries
    (Australia, Canada, England and United States)
    only separated by a common language.
    You just started a war with the kiwis
    The person who never made a mistake never made anything

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    Hold on......through-threw
    plough-plow
    though
    weather-whether
    this is just a few, the last is long
    Just do it!

    Kind regards Rod

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