They say that it’s enough to know 500 words to be able to speak English, and to exchange the information. Do you think it’s true?
Meantime more than 500 words in an English Dictionary can have a different meaning if they are used in another written or spoken context. This fact can be embarrassing or fun in our learning case.
Remember, fun is easy to find.
Watch out! It’s our turn to understand an excellent English humor!
Again we’re discussing the homonyms land – the homophones. We already have learned some of the growing lists of words that are not what they seem. Now let’s try to understand the literal (word by word) meaning of the dialogue.
- Wen – An encysted tumor; a protuberance or prominence.
- Eye – The organ of vision.
- Herd – A collection of beasts feeding or driven together; a company of people, in contempt; a rabble; a keeper of cattle.
- Seamed – having or joined by a seam or seams.
- Ex – a woman who was formerly a particular man’s wife.
- Miss – fail to hit the intended target. / A young unmarried woman; failure to hit, reach, etc.; Miss, a title of an unmarried woman.
- Under – into unconsciousness.
- Stood – from to stand: to occupy a place or location, also metaphorically.
- Watt – a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm
- A bout – A turn, trial, or round: an attempt.
- Sought – Past tense and past participle of the verb seek.
- Go – stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point.
- Wing – Any surface used primarily for supporting a flying machine in flight, whether by edge- on motion, or flapping, or rotation.
- Wore – showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering.
- Ure – an abstract-noun suffix of action, result, and instrument.
- Rope – To partition, separate, or divide off, by means of a rope, so as to include or exclude something; as, to rope in, or rope off, a plot of ground; to rope out a crowd.
- Wee – A little; a bit, as of space, time, or distance.
- Rest – To stop moving or acting; be quiet; to take repose; sleep; be dead; be at peace; to trust; be supported; stand; lean; to remain in one place.
- Oaring – from oar: To row, to propel with an oar; use as an oar.
- Hour – The 1/ 24 part of a day; 60 minutes; particular time.
- Em – The portion of a line formerly occupied by the letter m, then a square type, used as a unit by which to measure the amount of printed matter on a page; the square of the body of a type.
- Pyre – A funeral pile; a combustible heap on which the dead are burned; hence, any pile to be burnt.
- Weigh – To bear up; to raise; to lift into the air; to swing up; as, to weigh anchor.
- Nigh – Near in time or place.
- Whirled – from to whirl: revolve quickly and repeatedly around one’s own axis.