Boomers grew up before “handles” meant names and half the products were marketed with acronyms and abbreviations. We also grew up before texting. We know how to spell the number four, we know how to write in complete sentences and we know how to communicate in general.
Nevertheless many of us have taken the English language for granted and have failed to realize how difficult it must be for those who are not native speakers. Here are just a few examples of the bewildering twists and turns of the complex language we call our own:
1) The bandage is 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.
Let’s face it – English is a crazy language so we need to cut non-native speakers some slack… and that just might include texting, too!