Small Talk

One little letter

April 5th, 2013

Funny, how one letter (or one space) can make such a difference in a word's meaning. I always think that when I see apart vs. a part. Depending on the spelling, they mean exactly the opposite!

My friend was a public information officer for state government, and his press releases had the word public in them all the time. He pointed out to me one day that it's very important to look carefully at that word to make sure it had the L in it. Imagine if Tuesday was a pubic holiday.

This takes me to Olivia. She, like so many other kids, dawdles. I'm always crunched for time in the morning so it frustrates me that she does this, despite numerous pleas, threats, tactics, lectures, and such.

One morning, instead of getting dressed, she decided to play with her toys. I thought, What's taking so long? She's usually here in my bathroom to be groomed by now. I found her goofing off in her room.


I was so annoyed, I right then and there made her write a sign for herself that was meant to read There is no time to play in the morning, followed by a list of what she has to do in the morning. I was too busy to oversee this so I said to just write it so that she knows what it means when she reads it later. It will be taped to the wall.


She phonetically spelled out no to read now. Which totally changes the whole meaning of the sentence!

4 Responses to “One little letter”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    One thing that makes English spelling so difficult, even for native speakers, is that English is not phonetic. Here's an example. I'm going to spell a familiar word in a way you probably have never seen it spelled. Try to figure out what the word is. BUT DON'T LOOK DOWN, because I'll give the answer with explanation in the next comment.


  2. Ken Conklin:

    GH makes the sound of F as you can hear when you say "enouGH"

    O makes the sound of I as you can hear when you say "wOmen"

    TI makes the sound of SH as you can hear when you say "naTIon"

    So, GHOTI is the spelling for a creature which swims in a lake or ocean

  3. galekaminari:


  4. Diane Ako:

    Ken Conklin- HOW did you think of that?! That was cool once decoded.

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