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Friday, 7 July 2017

Is It Any Wonder

Is it any wonder that newcomers to the English language have problems.  One word can have so many different meanings.  Take the simple little five letter word....draft.....
Draft
a gust of air
army recruitment
the first version of a letter or book
beer decanted from a barrel or keg
a large heavy horse used for pulling
a plan or sketch roughed out
bank draft
the depth of water needed to float a boat
making sports players available for hire
to drink or inhale the entire thing at once
ie...she finished the glass in one draft.

Totally confusing isn't it?   No Wonder!

20 comments:

  1. Definitely on the weird side. And worse when you factor in spelling and pronunciation.

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    1. Oh so many words that sound the same but are spelled differently.

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  2. It's crazy alright, yet those of us raised with English as a first language don't seem to have (much) trouble.

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    1. The younger generation seems to be having some problems lol.

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    1. I'm not so sure about that. Have you ever been in a crowd of young folks and listened to their conversation?

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  4. English must be okay is so many people it.

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    1. 'Is' should have been 'if'. It's a language that the more you use it th better it will become.

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    2. I knew what you meant..I just felt like being silly...which I am more often than not.

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  5. So is that why a boat will drift, past tense of draft?

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    1. Now you're just trying to confuse me lol.

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  6. Cindy and I saw a sign at the local college "Learn English" with the information for the class, I told her we should take it just for fun, she said she was afraid that we couldn't pass the course.

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    1. It 's the only language I've ever used and People still seem to misunderstand me.

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  7. You have done a great job of pointing out the many uses for one word. We have a lot of them but I rarely ponder that issue. Now I will pay closer attention.

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    1. I don't usually think about it but the other day it just hit me about this one particular word and how confusing it must be for new Canadians.

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  8. Excellent post, Delores! I hadn't thought of it before but "draft" has so many meanings it's a wonder we need any other words at all.

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    1. It's not the only word with multiple meansings....what a crazy language.

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  9. The English language is absolutely nutso, and in soooo many ways. I feel sorry for people learning it as a second language, because it makes up its own rules as it goes along. Other languages make much more sense.

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  10. That's what we get for stealing from so many other languages!!

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