(Part 1 of 3)

RE-fuse or reFUSE? DE-sert or de-SERT?

Living in Florida where the population is becoming more diverse by the day, I have many friends who speak English as a second language. Read below to understand why they should be given Medals of Honor for even trying! I challenge the native English speakers to pronounce and accent all the underlined words correctly.

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

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 to his wife.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the 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) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too 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) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

I’ve no clue who the author is but I think it is priceless as it makes me exceedingly grateful that I learned to speak English first!


How many of these sentences threw you?

(Part 2 next Thursday)