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Friday, June 17, 2011

Why English is Hard to Learn

I have yet another new follower to welcome, but unfortunately I don't know who they are. My follower count has gone up to 98, but I can't find a new name on the list. Perhaps it's another fault of Bloggers or perhaps the follower simply wishes to be anonymous. Whatever the case, welcome to the blog.

And now some more excerpts from my Grandmother's retirement village newletter:

Why English is hard to learn:

The bandage was wound around the wound

The farm was used to produce produce

The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse

We must polish the Polish furniture

He could lead if he could get the lead out

Since there was not time like the present he thought it was time to present the present

I did not object to the object

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row

They were too close to the door to close it

Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear

How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

I shed my clothes in the shed

A duck grows up before it grows down

You chop a tree down before you chop it up

One goose, two geese. So one moose, two meese?

We ship by truck but send cargo by ship

Bakers bake, so why don't grocers grace?

The plural of tooth is teeth, so why isn't the plural of booth, beeth?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?

Quicksand can work slowly

Boxing rings are square

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

The Golden Phone

A man decided to write a book about famous churches around the world. He bought a plane ticket to Orlando thinking that he would start by working his way accross the US from south to north. On his first day he went into a church and was taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read "$10,000 per call". The man, being intrigued, asked a nearby priest what the telephone was used for. The priest said that it was a direct line to heaven and for $10,000 you could talk to God.

The man thanked the priest and went on his way. His next stop was Atlanta. There, in a large cathedral he saw another golden telephone with the same sign beneath it and he asked a passing nun what it's purpose was. She said that it was a direct line to heaven and for $10,000 you could talk to God.

The man then travelled all accross America, Europe, Japan and New Zealand. In every church he saw the same golden telephone and sign with $10,000 per call on it.

Then he travelled to Australia.

He arrived at the Gold Coast and in the first church he entered there was again the golden telephone, but the sign under it read "40c per call".

The man was so surprised he asked a priest about the sign. "Father, I've travelled all over the world and I've seen the same golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it's a direct line to heaven, but everywhere else the price was $10,000 per call. Why is it so cheap here?"

The priest smiled and answered, "You're in Australia now son. This is God's own country - it's a local call".


  1. Hello! you have 98 followera, yes!
    but 12 of them hace no picture in tjeir profile, when you dont have a picture in your profile, yo were to the last of tje list. I do not know if I can explain it
    Un abrazo

  2. Hi Rosamargarita,

    I did look at the no picture followers, but the new follower isn't among them. You can choose to follow a blog anonymously, which is what I'm guessing has happened here.