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    Steak - a cut of meat

    Stake - a rigid rod to be driven into another object

    Can be confused when writing a description of how to erect a tent using oriental English.
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    And... now we know yet another reason why English probably has more words in it than most other languages.
    Two reasons. One/ The 'umble island has been invaded so many times there was a revolving door fitted to Dover in the Middle Ages. And two/ When the aristos got a taste of Empire building they stole everything they could lay their sticky little paws on and words are easy to carry.

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    Some languages also defend their borders. French people use tons of anglicisms but they're often not included in dictionaries.

    Olly, that's an awesome list, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazz cargo View Post
    Two reasons. One/ The 'umble island has been invaded so many times there was a revolving door fitted to Dover in the Middle Ages. And two/ When the aristos got a taste of Empire building they stole everything they could lay their sticky little paws on and words are easy to carry.
    Firstly it goes back further than that, when Claudius came over he was chasing tribes like the Parisi and the Belgi who had decamped and were not to be tolerated just over the horizon, his number two, Vespurian, moved West and took on the Brits. Secondly it wasn't just the aristos, your ordinary squaddie had a habit of asking 'Waddya call that then?'.
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    One confusion that I see turn up is between:

    Led - past tense of lead (to command or show the way); and
    Lead - a soft, dull heavy metal used for fishing sinkers and chimney flashing, or the graphite core of a pencil.


    ETA:
    Less commonly:

    hire - to contract for; and
    higher - more elevated

    heir - one who inherits; and
    air - the stuff we're meant to breathe; and
    ere - poetic form of before

    including its homonyms, the sound/word rose is reputed to have more meanings than any other English word;
    many of the meanings attach to the version - rows;
    others include roes and rhos
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cran View Post
    One confusion that I see turn up is between:

    Led - past tense of lead (to command or show the way); and
    Lead - a soft, dull heavy metal used for fishing sinkers and chimney flashing, or the graphite core of a pencil.
    Particularly since the present tense of "led" is "lead."
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    Lead= leash
    lead= metal
    lead= infront
    lead= access
    lead= have the first place
    lead= pre-eminent
    lead= in charge
    lead= begin a round of cards
    lead= story in a newspaper
    lead= wire
    and I quite often swing the lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazz cargo View Post
    Two reasons. One/ The 'umble island has been invaded so many times there was a revolving door fitted to Dover in the Middle Ages. And two/ When the aristos got a taste of Empire building they stole everything they could lay their sticky little paws on and words are easy to carry.
    Firstly it goes back further than that, when Claudius came over he was chasing tribes like the Parisi and the Belgi who had decamped and were not to be tolerated just over the horizon, his number two, Vespurian, moved West and took on the Brits. Secondly it wasn't just the aristos, your ordinary squaddie had a habit of asking 'Waddya call that then?'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bazz cargo View Post
    Lead= leash
    lead= metal
    lead= infront
    lead= access
    lead= have the first place
    lead= pre-eminent
    lead= in charge
    lead= begin a round of cards
    lead= story in a newspaper
    lead= wire
    and I quite often swing the lead.
    Police are following a strong lead, they have a big dog on the other end.
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    The one that I remember seeing a few times is....I led on the bed/she led on the bed.

    C'est la vie.

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