This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: Puffin; bulbous;fidgeting).Do you have an example of such a word that sounds the exact opposite of what it refers to? What do you think creates this effect?
I am having difficulty pin pointing a word that creates this effect, it means something but sounds the exact opposite, rather than take the whole afternoon thinking about it.
I want to write about a particular word, it sounds the same but the meaning changes when it’s spelled differently,i.e There their,they’re.
Most of the time there and their are used incorrectly. I used to have a tough time explaining to my nine year old pupils, why the sentences, e.g Carla went to there house. I want to go over their,are incorrect.
What bores you?
There are a lot of things people do I feel are merely childish,it does not bore me, it irritates me. I’ve heard the word, “Bore”, many times when I was teaching, my kids in school complained they had nothing to do, they were bored, although there was work assigned to them not completed. I thought they didn’t know what the word meant. Surprisingly they knew the meaning, they were bored because the work was not exciting.
If I went along with them and said, yes Math is not exciting, because they cannot solve the problems, how can I help? it was becoming quite challenging to teach when I had to give them work that could be called interesting. I tried ways to catch their attention, it didn’t work.
What makes me “YAWN”? An uninteresting movie where the performers (a) lack the gift of acting, b), they think they are doing well, why else did they get the job,c) they are not even good looking.
A useless novel, and then there are parents who boast about their children whenever I meet them. These are some of the things I can think of.