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Tuesday Tricksters, September 13

SEW / 50 7 SOW die dye worst / wurst = a

their / there / they’r 2 : - =

air / err / heir quince / quints 2 2

flew / flu / flue breath / breathe / breadth 3
sound alike


ferent spel oar [ore / or
have di different ee chute / shoot

_, counsel / council
cents / sense 00% its / it's :
ot! Gn genes / jeans
team / teem 914 7 gilled / gui soled / sold
assistance / assistants your / youre clause / claws

sent / scent

Here we go again, dear readers! More Tuesday Tricksters (aka homophones) to delight and bedevil us (if we're not carefully reading what we wrote, that is). These words have the power to make any one of us look bad, so I hope we are not just trusting spellcheck to keep us looking as smart as we are!

Knead (v.): to massage something with your hands (knead bread dough)

Kneed (adj.): having knees; (v.): past tense of "to knee," hit or strike using the knee

Need (v.): to desire or require; (n.): a desire or requirement

Knew (v.): past tense of "to know"

Gnu (n.): an African antelope

New (adj.): not old

Nu (inter.): Yiddish for "So?"

Knight (n.): an honorary title; a defender, champion, or zealous upholder of a cause or principle

Night (n.): the opposite of day; the dark time

Knit (v.): to create by joining together interconnecting loops of yarn or thread in rows of stitches

Nit (n.): the egg of a louse

Knob (n.): a rounded protuberance; a rounded handle, as on a drawer or door; a prominent rounded hill or mountain

Nob (n.): (slang)聽the human head; (chiefly British slang) a person of wealth or social standing; (biblical) a place, north of聽Jerusalem, whose inhabitants were massacred by聽Saul

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Nu? What's stopping you from doing just that, Neil Smith? Of course, it's easy for me; I'm Jewish and I grew up hearing "nu?" from everyone. Thanks for your comment!
Well, aren't you sweet, David Grinberg! And I needed that virtual hug today; having tech troubles with my iPhone and the email app . . . going a little nuts. Thanks for the hug.
Laughing I am, Kevin Pashuk!
Yes, it is, Cepee Tabibian!
Thanks for that, Franci Eugenia Hoffman!

Neil Smith

5 years ago #6

Not forgetting P.G. Wodehouse's Psmith. Pronounced as per Ptarmigan.

Kevin Pashuk

5 years ago #5

All of these silent K's... it seems a bit extraneous. It does bring to mind a great Canadian comedian from the past - Charlie Farqueson (Alter ego of Don Herron) who said "In pneumonia, the 'p' is silent, as in swimming."
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Thank you Susan. Your posts are so helpful.

David B. Grinberg

5 years ago #2

Thank you, Susan, for another excellent edition of Tuesday Tricksters. I need to do better keeping up with your daily blog posts. I knew this after I took your recent grammar test. You're my grammar knight in shining armor every night of the week. Every time I read your informative and educational posts it feels like I'm turning the knob to open a world of better grammar.

Neil Smith

5 years ago #1

I did know about the biblical city of Nob. Always a reliable source of sniggering in Sunday school back in the day. The Yiddish Nu is gnu to me however. Now I only have to find a way to work it into an everyday conversation. Thanks, Neil.

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