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Double meanings game

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Dave B
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Double meanings game

#1 Postby Dave B » August 26th, 2010, 12:41 pm

Not quite the same as double entendres but to do with that multitude of English (ex-Celtic/Latin/Norse/Danish/Saxon/French/Indian/American . . .) words that have come to rest in our lexicon that have more than one meaning (sometimes just about opposite ones!) that poor foreigners find so difficult. Variations of the word are allowed is that makes a better example.

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"I was entranced by the design of the entrance."

"The club committee sanctioned the sanctions on the misbehaving member."
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Re: Double meanings game

#2 Postby lewist » August 26th, 2010, 2:25 pm

Cassandra had a nice time in Nice.
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Re: Double meanings game

#3 Postby jaywhat » August 26th, 2010, 3:19 pm

The idea that the pope talks to god and gets a reply is a pathetic fallacy. Ok I do not know what I am talking about.

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Re: Double meanings game

#4 Postby Nick » September 2nd, 2010, 9:03 pm

Polish up your Polish, the Pope's coming!


What's that?


JPII's dead....?


Doh!

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Re: Double meanings game

#5 Postby Dave B » September 2nd, 2010, 9:25 pm

His manner was affected in the manner of those of the East but his manners were courtly.
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Re: Double meanings game

#6 Postby getreal » September 2nd, 2010, 9:47 pm

The woman with the bow in her hair bowed on the ship's bow.

(we talking homonyms here?)
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Re: Double meanings game

#7 Postby seyorni » September 2nd, 2010, 11:48 pm

Le tailleur est ailleurs, d'ailleurs.

Have to be in English?

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Re: Double meanings game

#8 Postby Nick » September 3rd, 2010, 12:26 am

Oui, wee.

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Re: Double meanings game

#9 Postby jaywhat » September 3rd, 2010, 8:40 am

When Churchill phoned Hitler he engaged the enemy with a ring - not to be confused with an engagement ring.

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Re: Double meanings game

#10 Postby getreal » September 3rd, 2010, 2:12 pm

The red mouse with the long tail read the tale in three acts about the axe weilding monkey.
:D
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Re: Double meanings game

#11 Postby Dave B » September 3rd, 2010, 4:35 pm

getreal wrote:The woman with the bow in her hair bowed on the ship's bow.

(we talking homonyms here?)

Nope, as the instigator of this silly game I would say that the basic spelling has to be the same, though tenses are allowed; as in "bow" and "bowed". Though them furriners do get confused with both written and vocalised versions.
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Re: Double meanings game

#12 Postby getreal » September 3rd, 2010, 6:28 pm

so my "boy hanging on the bouy could only see sea" is not allowed then?

I've been thinking about that all day--and yes, I need to get out more.
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Re: Double meanings game

#13 Postby Dave B » September 3rd, 2010, 6:45 pm

The theatre was hot so the fans asked that the fans be switched on.

(If you were an American, getreal, you would pronounce "buoy" in its original, 17thC English, way - "boo-oi")
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Re: Double meanings game

#14 Postby getreal » September 3rd, 2010, 7:13 pm

That'll be homographs then (I sometimes think the internet* was invented for pedants)

Janet and John had a row as they rowed the boat.

Have you read Bill Bryson's book on English pronunciation? Very good it is. Put's paid to a lot of grammer and spelling snobbery.




* or, World Wide Web. I don't get the difference.
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Re: Double meanings game

#15 Postby Dave B » September 3rd, 2010, 8:28 pm

getreal, I'll pm you on the difference.
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Re: Double meanings game

#16 Postby jaywhat » September 5th, 2010, 7:23 am

[If one said that Janet and John went for a row in a boat, I suppose one would not know how to say it.]

There are three ways in English of spelling 'tu' and they are to,two and too. You can say this sentence, but you cannot write it. :laughter:

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Re: Double meanings game

#17 Postby Ken H » September 5th, 2010, 4:12 pm

The actions of the admiral were admirable and his ship was in shipshape.
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Re: Double meanings game

#18 Postby jaywhat » October 14th, 2010, 4:46 pm

Check the check for the check table cloth

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Re: Double meanings game

#19 Postby Dave B » October 14th, 2010, 5:53 pm

Tom felt tense because Jane was talking about him in the past tense.
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Re: Double meanings game

#20 Postby Vicky » October 14th, 2010, 7:11 pm

In his final sentence, the judge ordered a life sentence.


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