03 February 2017

English is hard

Did you know there are 3000 words in English for being drunk? But having many ways of expressing yourself is only one of the difficulties with the English language. For me, homonyms are the worst. Read and Red, sell and cell, fair and fare, wine and whine, meet, meat and mete are just a few. For years, I thought Puff the magic dragon had something to do with ceiling wax rather than sealing wax.

And then there's the confusion about words with misleading roots. Somehow we persevere. In my novel, I use puns that often depend on homonyms to make the joke. I guess my novel won't translate well into a movie. Oh, well. Next time, I'll know to take the into account.

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