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Word Play

Years ago, a friend hit me with a brain teaser. He said think of a common English word. Then capitalize the first letter, and you change not only its pronunciation, but its meaning as well.

I think I've gone one better.

Think of two common English words, one noun and one adjective. These two words are completely etymologically unrelated and pronounced differently, but spelled exactly the same -- even to the whole capitalizing issue.

No prizes, but I will post the answers Saturday morning if no one gets them. Which I'm quite certain someone will.

Update: the answers I intended were "polish/Polish" and "number." RM, nice try, but a LOT of those are related in origin.



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"Polish" and "polish" on th... (Below threshold)
Murgatroyd:

"Polish" and "polish" on the first one.

Content. Content. ?... (Below threshold)
woody:

Content. Content. ?

fairsewerwind... (Below threshold)
retired military:

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I can think of a few 4 lett... (Below threshold)
epador:

I can think of a few 4 letter words, but perhaps its the inflection that is different rather than the "pronoun"ciation.

3. Posted by retired milita... (Below threshold)
RFA:

3. Posted by retired military | May 20, 2011 5:03 PM |

DAMN! You think he missed any? There were only about five I couldn't figure out.

Polish... (Below threshold)
Lynne:

Polish

Nookuler?... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

Nookuler?

retired military, can you u... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

retired military, can you use each of them in a sentence for us;)

What's a noun?... (Below threshold)
serfer62:

What's a noun?

What's a noun?</bl... (Below threshold)
MunDane:
What's a noun?

I think that's what happens if Turtle Bay falls into the East River

Corpsman?... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Corpsman?

So, why DID Webster spell P... (Below threshold)
Mark C:

So, why DID Webster spell Polish the same as polish?

"So, why DID Webster spell ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"So, why DID Webster spell Polish the same as polish?"

To give them something to do when told to go sit in the corner in a round room.

/duck

LOT is Polish airlines actu... (Below threshold)
dries:

LOT is Polish airlines actually.




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