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September 17, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012










Breathe—Verb. To breathe.





Breath—Noun. A breath.





Breathe



Breath





Posted 2012/09/17 at 19h17ET in Words, Writing.
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Monday, September 17, 2012










Breathe—Verb. To breathe.





Breath—Noun. A breath.





Breathe



Breath





Posted 2012/09/17 at 19h17ET in Words, Writing.
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September 11, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012











ON TO—Put the water on to boil, I’m making haggis.





ONTO—The cat jumped onto a pillow filled with wrenches.





Onto



On





Posted 2012/09/11 at 19h45ET in Words, Writing.


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September 9, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012










CLOTHES—She’s so beautiful. I imagine her without any clothes, but then, her closet and dresser would be empty.





CLOTH—A noun. A cloth to wipe up…





CLOTHE—Verb. To clothe her doll, she stole…





Clothes



Cloth



Clothe





Posted 2012/09/09 at 20h14ET in Words, Writing.

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September 6, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012










A homonym.





FAIRY—A fairy tale. A fairy godmother. Fairy—not a long, long way to run.





FERRY—A boat or ship to transport drunken Swedes back home from Copenhagen. It’s the Danish beer.





Fairy



Ferry



Samantha the Swimming Fairy by Daisy Meadows



Evening Ferry by Katherine Towler






Posted 2012/09/06 at 5h02ET in Words, Writing.

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September 5, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ... if it's not the cat then what is it... L ast night I was out back, sitting in the hot tub. It was dark. Cloudy skies. Not much light except for the one in the tub. I'm relaxing and thinking. The noise of the whirling water drowning out most sounds. I'm in a zone when I look up to see the faint image of an animal’s face approaching the edge of the hot tub—its nose almost touching the wooden deck. It moved closer as if wanting to sniff the water. In the darkness, I thought it was our cat and I wondered how it got out of the house, but as it moved closer, looking as if it might jump into the water, might jump at me, I realized the face was far too large, too wide—the body too big. It wasn’t our cat, it was a racoon. At least I thought it was a racoon. Not wanting to learn more, I swung my arm through the water. A wave rose up and drenched the deck. When the water settled I looked around and couldn’t find the creature. Maybe my eyes were playing tricks. Maybe it was a ghost racoon—its image was, after all, faint. I must have imagined it. I moved to the edge of the deck to investigate. Where the water hit, the light brown of the wood was dark. I had drenched much of the deck, but not all of it. There was a patch that was dry. A patch near the middle. A patch about the size of a racoon. I wasn’t seeing things.
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I took this photo early one morning in the backyard. Posted 2012/09/05 at 17h09ET in Nature.
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September 2, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012








Another homonym.




TAUGHT—I learned my students? No. I taut my students? No. I teached my students? No. I taught my students. Ah, maybe.




TAUT—The trapdoor of the scaffold gave way and the hangman’s noose went taut.




Taught


Taut


What Barbie Taught Me about Wearing a Plastic Smile by Riley Wilkinson


A Taut Rope by Fred L. Cook






Posted 2012/09/02 at 10h19ET in Words, Writing.
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August 30, 2012

Sunday, August 30, 2012








A homonym that trips some up.





WINE—Red wine goes well with kumquats and prickly pears.





WHINE—Okay. They don’t pair. Stop your whining.





Wine



Whine



Wine of Violence: A Medieval Mystery (Medieval Mysteries) by Priscilla Royal



No Whine With Dinner: 150 Healthy Kid-Tested Recipes from the Meal Makeover Moms by Liz Weiss, Janice Newell Bissex






Posted 2012/08/30 at 20h12ET in Words, Writing.

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August 26, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012









Easy to miss this one.





LICENCE—Always a noun. He has a licence to collect alien spaceships. British spelling variation.





LICENSE—A noun. A verb. U.S. spelling variation for noun. The federal Bureau for Interplanetary Affairs is empowered to license individuals, corporations and charities.





Licence



License



Licence to Kill by John Gardner



Artistic License by Julie Hyzy






Posted 2012/08/26 at 18h24ET in Words, Writing.

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August 22, 2012

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