Sunday, September 19, 2010

Isn't that Entrancing?

ENTRANCE - to put into a trance; to fill with delight or wonder.
ENTRANCE - the means by which to enter; the act of entering.

The same spelling, different pronunciations, and different meanings.  OK, are you with me so far?

Some years ago, hubby and I went to one of those Home & Garden Expos, and window shopped and fantasized about all the things we could with our house, or at least the house we aspired to have one day.  We talked to people and collected brochures.  At home later that evening, I was sitting cross-legged on the bed pouring over the brochures we picked up; one in particular and, puzzled about something that just didn't seem right, I asked "What's an ENTRANCE"?

And hubby says, "Let's see?  Hmmm...ah..."

Then I get The Look.  How dumb did I feel?  

Where you place the accent does make a difference.

Anything like this ever happen to you?


  1. That made me laugh, Linda, but it's an easy mistake to make, just like the word "rebel" - a different pronunciation tells us if its a noun or a verb. Language is a peculiar and a wonderful thing :)

  2. This was pretty funny, Linda. Don't you just love the English language? :-) I know I've had experiences like this before but for the life of me, I can't remember specifics. Darn it.

  3. Sam- Thanks, I'm glad. Real life humor is the hardest thing for me to write.

    Davina- Hi, glad you enjoyed it. English can be complicated sometimes.


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