Wednesday Words: 15 January 2014

For this week’s Wednesday Words, I’m going to look at just that: Words.

What a difference just one letter makes. Here’s an example:
Compliment: Expression of praise, congratulation, etc.
Complement: That which makes something complete.

Just after Christmas 2012, a supermarket near to where I live was selling off cranberry sauce, chestnut stuffing, and suchlike. A sign read:

TURKEY COMPLIMENTS HALF PRICE

I doubt that any turkeys would pay humans any compliments at that time of year, at any price.

And then, more recently, I went to a dismantling yard to obtain some parts for my (ahem) elderly conveyance. There, I saw another sign:

ALL CUSTOMERS MUST REPORT TO THE OFFICE BEFORE
WONDERING ABOUT THE YARD

It was just an ordinary sort of place. I was neither considering its attributes, nor was I awestruck.

Oh dear, this language of ours!

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One Response to Wednesday Words: 15 January 2014

  1. Ha this made me giggle! The apostrophe is one that baffles me lol x

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