Curious English


  1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
  2. 2. The farm was used to produce produce.
  3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  6. the soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  8. A bass was painted on a bass drum
  9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  10. I did not object to the object.
  11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid
  12. The was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  13. They were to close to the door to close it.
  14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  18. After a number of injections, my jaw got number.
  19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.
  20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
  22. He was entranced by her entrance.


Also, no egg in eggplant, no apple or pine in pineapple. English muffins werenít invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which arenít sweet, are meat. Quicksand works slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea not is it a pig. Writers write but fingers donít finger, grocers donít grose, and hammers donít ham. The plural of tooth is teeth, but itís not beeth for booth. One goose, two geese, one mouse, two meese? One index, two indeces? You can make amends but not one amend. Get rid of all but one of your odds and ends and what do you have? Teachers taught; did preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? We recite at a play and play at a recital. We ship by truck and send cargo by ship. Have noses that run and feet that smell. A slim chance and a fat chance are the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are the opposite. A house can burn up as it burns down, you fill in a form by filling it out, an alarm goes off by going on. The human race isnít a race, and when stars are out theyíre visible but when lights are out theyíre not. We drive on a parkway and park on a driveway.And why do we have to his ďstartĒ to shut down our computers?