Which witch is which – part two!

5 Feb

Remember that old saying — be careful what you wish for – you might get it!

Well, I always hope for a response to these posts, but the one for Which Witch is Which so far exceeded my expectations as to be astonishing! I was very pleased I must say.

And then, considering that piece was inspired by an article in our local paper, it was almost hysterical to find another one a week later. On 1-21-14, a sports story said that someone had gone through the ‘ringer’ instead of ‘wringer’ !!!!  (I hope I’m not the only person left here who remembers what a ‘wringer’ really was. Or did. Or meant!

Anyway, words fell out of the ether in great abundance, and I thank all of you who contributed to this great windfall.  Here is the new batch.  (apologies for the double-spaced format here, I can’t seem to eliminate it.)

beet/beat                            one/won

blew/blue                            or/oar

booze/boos                        pain/pane

buy/bye                              red/read

cell/sell                               right/rite

cereal/serial                       sea/see

cheap/cheep                      sense/cents

damn/dam                         sent/cent/scent

days/daze                          shear/sheer

doze/does                         side/sighed

eye/aye                             sight/cite

feet/feat                            so/sew

flew/flue/flu                       sow/sough

floe/flow                            soul/sole

fowl/foul                            threw/through

hair/hare                           time/thyme

lie/lye                                vain/vane

meet/meat                        vice/vise

mist/missed                      weigh/way/whey


I must acknowledge these joyous responses from Dr. Bob Birch, with whom I have an on-going communication. He also included these five pairs of words which are spelled the same but have rather different meanings:

switch/switch  (If you don’t switch, I’m going to use my switch on you.)

smart/smart   (I know you’re smart, but my spanking would smart.)

bob/bob   (Please don’t bob while I’m trying to bob your hair.)

log/log      (Then I sat on a log to log into my email account.)

yarn/yarn  (I will tell you a yarn about my wife’s collection of knitting yarn.)

Dr. Bob  delights in words as much as I do, but his imagination is way wackier than mine, so herewith are some additions from him!

Dam Yew Kelly. You’re peace a bout righting now has me obsessing a bout words.

Sew, now I’ll knot get any thing dun. Eye kneed a brake.  I’m going two rub some cream in my hare and take some male to the post office.

Good buy four now. (but that didn’t last long!)

My time has been less interesting. I was bussed to a show where a midget was paid to bust a woman in her breasts.

four one want to write right.

I scheduled time for my wife and I for a private tour, but I lost my notes and can’t remember which hours are ours.

I wonder how often a writer has written about suffering about of flew.

In my novels a bum might jump from a moving train and land on his bum. He was quite bummed out.  Or, how about the goat that is about to butt a woman’s butt, but I save the day. Please, no wise cracks.

Similar words I always have to double check – though, through and thought. I also self-published a book for premature ejaculators where I repeatedly advised them to trust slowly.

I also frequently have to check my spelling – did I mean bowl or bow, and did I mean dessert or desert?

Serves him write. He through it. He never got the add vise, bee careful watt yew throw, bee cause it mite just come back two yew. He got his just dessert.

Reminds me of when I was in the army having intense discussions in tents.

I’m going to have to quit – – – reminding me of two other spellings I need to double check when I write – – – quit and quiet

Then he redeemed himself with this following note!

I should have checked my library a bit closer. I have a small paperback book (1987) titled THE GOOF-PROOFER: How to Avoid the 41 Most Embarrassing Errors in Your Speaking and Writing by Stephen J. Manhard.   ISBN 0-02-040610-X   It’s out of print, but there are used copies available. This book contains a chapter titled Homonyms, Homophones, and Other Confusingly Similar Words. This chapter contains an exhaustive list – far more than I could ever have come up with. Mr. Manhard’s obituary is also interesting.

MANHARD, Stephen J. — On December 17, 2001, in Foster City at age 89 after a short illness. Beloved companion for fourteen years of Kitty LaPlante and beloved father of Tom and Richard, grandfather of Chris and Wendy, great-grandfather of Matthew, Samantha and Ryan. An award-winning advertising executive and writer, Steve was the founder of SPELL, the Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature, a now worldwide organization encouraging proper English in everyday life. Steve also loved traditional Dixieland jazz and was a past president of the New Orleans Jazz Club of Northern California as well as an avid Railfan and model railroad builder for many years.

This has been a fun experience — at least for me! Thank you all for your input. I value it very highly. As always if you have comments or questions, please feel free to write to me:  bookmechanicATgmail.com


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