Unshakable Hope | “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Unshakable Hope | “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13).

This is really heart warming and moving

Pronunciation – Why is the ‘w’ silent in “sword”? – E at the English Language and Usage

pronunciation – Why is the ‘w’ silent in “sword”? – English Language and Usage.

This is a useful site.I enjoy looking things up.As I suspected the w at the beginning of WRONG used to be pronounced in the past.It’s old Anglo-Saxon or Norse..I wonder how many scholars learn these now?


The relief of the right words

It tickles me to spell “wrong”  rong… but also it has made me wish to find out why we have all those extra silent w’s at the beginning of words.We don’t call rats,wrats… so there must be some etymological reasons.

We also have silent k’s like  in  Knowledge.I imagine that once that was  pronounced.I’ll do some research by lying on my bed with the etymological dictionary on top of me

If you tell lies in bed I cannot recall if that’s also spelled,

lying in  bed

or if it’s lieing in bed.

That latter way looks wrong to me..

So  if you say,she was lying in bed.it has two meanings I think.As in life the context provides the most likely solution

Please stop lying,dear,whilst you are lying in bed.

I am not lying!

Well cats don’t pour out the tea

I was being whimsical for a change.

Ah,whimsey,I wonder what the etymology of that is?

Stop thinking so much and get into bed

Do you want me to lie with you?

Well,I don’t want you to lie to me.

Learning English is very hard as it combines so many other languages.

Is that why we have combine harvesters?

I’ll harvest you if you don’t give  me some peace!

God knows why I married you!

Well,I am glad to hear it as I thought nobody on earth  knew…. that  I am the nicest person in the entire world.If it’s true

why does nobody know?Maybe it’s a fantasy…

I say,my dear,that’s a  trifle exaggerated but I catch your drift.

What a relief,no more lying after today.Amen

A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of. [Ogden Nash]

You can see the dictionary here
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Door (n.)
Middle English merger of Old English dor (neuter; plural doru) “large door, gate,” and Old English duru (fem., plural dura) “door, gate, wicket;” both from Proto-Germanic *dur- (cf. Old Saxon duru, Old Norse dyrr, Danish dør, Old Frisian dure, Old High German turi, German Tür).The Germanic words are from PIE *dhwer- “a doorway, a door, a gate” (cf. Greek thura, Latin foris, Gaulish doro “mouth,” Gothic dauro “gate,” Sanskrit dvárah “door, gate,” Old Persian duvara- “door,” Old Prussian dwaris “gate,” Russian dver’ “a door”).The base form is frequently in dual or plural, leading to speculation that houses of the original Indo-Europeans had doors with two swinging halves. Middle English had both dure and dor; form dore predominated by 16c., but was supplanted by door.

A favorite poem:As Kingfishers catch fire by G.M.Hopkins

By  Gerard Manley Hopkins

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.
I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)