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Friday, October 4, 2013

And Now For Something Completely Different, Random Midnight Thoughts from a Stuffed Up Head

Last night I struggled to sleep with my sinuses so full of gunk, and all the coughing that followed, so I found myself thinking of the weirdest things.

Things like .... Rein, Reign and Rain .... all sounding the same and yet meaning something so completely different from each other and then thinking I have to blog about that!!! It was like all I could think about when I was going back to sleep, Reign, Rain, Rain or was it Rain, Reign, Rein?

Seriously what's to say, the English language is strange, hard to learn and has so many things to trip you up, I am so glad it is my native tongue.

Please be assured that when I finally get over this head cold that transmission will return to normal and I will continue my Retrospective Travel Tales, I even had the next one nearly written but strange things are occupying my sleeping hours and stopping me for getting to the good stuff.

I think I am just weird sometimes.

And just to remind me and give you a sneak peek of what is to come here is a little something we saw nearly everyday while in Sitka.


  1. Nothing worse than sinus trouble. Feel better soon.

  2. Oooh. What a wonderful sight.
    Delores is right about sinus issues - they make a person feel vile, out of all proportion to the severity of the illness.
    Our language is just plain weird.
    How do you pronounce ghoti?
    Fish. Only in English. gh as in tough, o as in women, ti as in station. Fish.

    1. EC (excuse me for butting in here) did you know there is another pronunciation for ghoti? The second pronunciation is completely silent!! The "gh" is silent as in 'through'. The "o" is silent as in the last 'o' in onomatopoeia. The "t" is silent as in 'buffet'. The "i" is silent as in 'business'.
      The word ghoti was constructed to demonstrate the irregularities of the English language. Just saying as a matter of interest. Over and out.

    2. Thank you Mimsie. I love the silent fish.

  3. Your voice wasn't all that good when you rang me from your car on your way home from work yesterday (hands free of course) and now you have more problems with that horrible cold too.
    There is an email that goes the round with so many words that sound the same but with different meanings. It never fails to amaze me how people from other lands manage to master our language so well.
    Waiting for the otters etc and Pop says he thinks perhaps it is not nuts the otters crack open and eat but perhaps shellfish? He could be right (as he usually is). lol

    1. Yes Mum I know it is shellfish, not sure why you thought I thought it was nuts they were cracking.

    2. I had an idea when you posted photos on FB you said nuts but perhaps I was wrong. Forgive me if I am.

  4. I suffer year round hayfever so understand about the stuffy sinuses, sincerely hope you get better quickly. There's nothing worse than not being able to breathe comfortably.
    You're right about English being weird, years ago I helped several Polish (and one Spanish) immigrants understand the weirdness that is our Australian version of English. Even the proper English they were hearing didn't match the grammar book stuff they'd learned.

    1. So do I River and I'm having a really rough time with them now. Hope you manage Spring and Summer, although to be honest winter is my worst time for hayfever, go figure. Thanks for dropping by.



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