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1. Here are 20 sentences, can you read them right the first time?
(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.
(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?

2. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters 'dw' and they are all common words. Name at least two of them. (dweeb is not an answer)
The three English words beginning with dw: dwarf, dwell and dwindle.

3. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?
Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation mark, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

4. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 'S'
Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

5. Did you know that which words spell the same whether you write them normally or backward?
race car,  Kayak, level, Madam, Malayalam are spelt the same from both sides?

6. What is that word that, if you move its 1st letter to the last, it will spell its past tense?
"Eat" is the only word that, if you move its 1st letter to the last, it will spell its past tense, "ate"?

7. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

8. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.

9. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous" --
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous

10. There are only two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order - a, e, i, o ,u
"abstemious" and "facetious."

11. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet, that is why after teaching use of all the four rows of keyboard, the learner learns to type this sentence first.

12. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one periterrow of the keyboard.

13. "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand; and "lollipop" with your right.

14. А Professor Ernest Brennecke of Columbia is credited with inventing a sentence that can be made to have eight different meanings by placing just only ONE WORD in all possible positions in the sentence:   "I hit him in the eye yesterday."? The word is "ONLY". If you can, don't see below, otherwise see below.

1. ONLY I hit him in the eye yesterday. (No one else did.)
2. I ONLY hit him in the eye yesterday. (Did not slap him.)
3.I hit ONLY him in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit others.)
4. I hit him ONLY in the eye yesterday. (I did not hit outside the eye.)
5. I hit him in ONLY the eye yesterday. (Not in any other organ.)
6. I hit him in the ONLY eye yesterday. (He doesn't have another eye.)
7. I hit him in the eye ONLY yesterday. (Not today.)
8. I hit him in the eye yesterday ONLY. (Did not wait for today.)

This is the beauty and complexity of the English language.

8. And if you rearrange the letters in "Tea Party Republicans, " and add just a few more letters, it spells: "Shut up you free-loading, progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, violent, hypocritical idiots, and face the fact that you nearly wrecked the country under Bush."
Wow! How weird is that?

9. Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not even one can amend you?

10. We pronounce 22 as Twenty-Two, 33 as Thirty-Three, 44 as Forty-Four, 55 as Fifty-Five,
Why not 11 as Onety-One?



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Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 09/27/13