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Friday, September 10, 2010

No Good News Day

Yesterday was not a good news day. A little background first. Back in the middle of August we got news that my Mother-in-law had a bad breathing spell and was in the hospital, she is 96 years old. Then I was told my 92 year old Aunt had fallen and broken her hip.

I will start with my Aunt. She had an operation and they inserted a pin in the broken bone. She came through that just fine and was moved to a nursing home for therapy. Yesterday I was informed that the pin broke. Her choices are two, get a hip replacement or never walk again. The doctors say because of her heart condition and being on oxygen all the time, they do not want to operate. She wants the operation.

Now for my Mother-in-law condition. She was released from the hospital in a couple of days, her breathing got back to normal for her. Yesterday, we got a call saying that she is back in the hospital and is going to be moved to the hospice section of a nursing home. Was told that she may only have a few days left. She has proved the doctors wrong before, lets hope she does again.

I am going to brighten things up a bit by pasting a copy of an email I got the other day. I like to play with words and this says it all, almost:

You think English is easy??? Read to the end . . A new twist

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. (THIS SHOULD BE 'DIVED' SHOULDN'T IT?)
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?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig..

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this.

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is 'UP'. It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special. And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night... We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP.

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so........it is time to shut UP!


  1. Wow you do get up early DD. I guess with all the ups and downs going on, you might have trouble sleeping. Or are you just getting the most of the day...

  2. Hey FT, I don't understand the time stamp. My computer shows the correct time for this time zone, but since I don't get up until 06:30 the time hast to be another zone. Probably 2 hours off, that would make it Pacific time. Is the blogspot run by someone in California?

  3. Yep, I was right. I looked at my watch and it is 4:17 PM and the comment I just posted was 2:17.

    I am going to post this at 4:19

  4. Dizzy all the best on your peoples health issues. Keep us advised of course.
    And about the time difference, I "think" the time sets from where ever the server is that handles your blog.

  5. DD, you can go into your blog settings and change the time to your local area... just find it and scroll down till you find yours, do the click thing and then it will display your local time on all your posts.

  6. My brain hurts after reading that.

    But yes, English is a terribly interesting language.

  7. No wonder all us old folks get all confused...

    I would sure hate to have to teach this crazy language to someone else! I would first have to learn it better myself!

  8. Ben, thanks for best wishes for the family.

    FT, thanks for the tip, I didn't know that. Will try it for my next blog.

    Pipsqeek, I am not sure if interesting is the word. But in English there would be 15 other words you could use and even more that are pronounced the same (grin).

    HJ, English has stumbling blocks at every turn. I do not know how anyone not born into an English speaking family can learn it. I get confused all the time, of course that is one of the reasons I am called Dizzy . That and my Ham radio call suffix is DZY.