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July 9, 2020
Satire & Sarcasm

Here’s a chance to learn a simple linguistic fact that will make you seem smarter!

Are you a wordsmith?

Ingenious word play grips and mesmerizes like an injectable drug. For inspiring poets, this is basic weaponry.

Can you write a sentence that changes the meaning every time you read it?

The present economy being with the dogs in ways deeper than we ever imagined it could be with the dogs, let’s pick a line that may resonate in some likely cases:

“I never said she stole my money”

  1. I never said she stole my money.
  2. never said she stole my money.
  3. I never said she stole my money.
  4. I never said she stole my money.
  5. I never said she stole my money.
  6. I never said she stole my money.
  7. I never said she stole my money.

Also Read: http://kuchorea.com/singapores-prime-minister-visits-nairobi-on-a-bench-marking-tour-of-kenya-bus-service-and-secures-3-5m-aid-from-jomo-kenyatta-part-v/

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The different place of emphasis each time entirely changes the meaning.

Fact – Money changed ownership in this case, but the emphasis on the different parts changes meaning on how it happened.

Check this out:

  1. Someone else said she stole my money.
  2. I definitely did not say she stole my money.
  3. I didn’t verbally say she stole my money, but it was otherwise implied.
  4. She didn’t steal my money, someone else did.
  5. She took my money but I wouldn’t call it stealing for whatever reason.
  6. She stole someone else’s money.
  7. She stole something other than my money.

Interesting, uh?

 

Word play is an infectious addiction, but it’s awesome that there’s not a single documented case of an overdose!

Learn, enjoy!

Also Read: http://kuchorea.com/an-interesting-account-of-the-tense-moments-at-the-nairobi-county-lockdown-barrier-at-del-monte-thika/

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