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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by bazz cargo View Post
    The one that I remember seeing a few times is....I led on the bed/she led on the bed.

    C'est la vie.
    I think the word you're looking for is 'lay'. 'Led' is the past tense of 'lead' in the sense of leading a camel to water. You 'lay' down on a bed. Never 'laid'. It's for an inaminate object. "I laid down the kettle".

    The confusion arises from the fact that there are two words in question here. The first is the verb 'lie', which means "to assume a horizontal or resting position". The past tense of this is 'lay' and the past participle is 'lain'. Problem is, 'lay' is a word on its own, meaning "to put down or set in position". The past tense is 'laid', which is why we say "I laid down the kettle". It means "I put down the kettle". But you can't say "I put down to sleep", because what you are doing is in fact the first word, 'lie'. So you 'lie' down to bed, you 'lay' down to bed, and you have 'lain' down to bed. You 'lay' down the kettle, and you 'laid' down the kettle. The past tense and past participle of 'lay' (in sense two) is always 'laid'. Never 'lain'.
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  2. #22
    Kinda depends on the lady, Sam.

    venal; corrupt, bribable
    venial; can be pardoned
    veinal; to do with blood vessels
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  3. #23
    Just thought of another.

    Two: The number 2.
    To: Going to the store
    Too: I want one, too. Or: Too bad, so sad.

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  4. #24
    Encountered one today:

    forward - a progressive direction
    foreword - a preamble or introductory note to the main body of a book



    ETA: One I haven't seen lately:
    wonder - curiosity or amazement; &
    wander - to move without haste

    I wonder why Wanda does wander so?
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  5. #25
    chased; past of chase, to run after, or to cut a channel in.
    chaste; Sexually inactive.

    The two tend to be incompatible
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    Censor = examine something officially and suppress unacceptable parts of it.
    Censure = express severe disapproval of or formally reprove.
    Sensor = a device which detects or measures a physical property.
    Censer = a container in which incense is burnt.

    Collage = a combination or collection of various things.
    College = an educational establishment providing higher education or specialised professional or vocational training.

    Confident = feeling confidence in oneself.
    Confidant = a person in whom one confides.
    Confidante = the feminine of confidant.

    Core = the central or most important part.
    Corps = a group of people engaged in a specific activity, i.e. Marine Corps, press corps, etcetera.
    Corpse = a dead body, especially of a human.

    Current = happening or belonging in the present time.
    Current = a body of water moving in a definite direction.
    Current = a flow of electricity.
    Currant = a small, dried fruit.
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    "It is better to be feared than loved, if one cannot be both". ~ Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince.

    "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer". ~ Bruce Lee.

    "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few". ~ Shunryu Suzuki.

    "Give a man a mask and he will show you his true face". ~ Oscar Wilde.

    "He who learns but does not think is lost; he who thinks but does not learn is in great danger". ~ Confucius.

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Gamer_2k4 View Post
    Particularly since the present tense of "led" is "lead."
    perhaps also because the past tense of the verb to read is not red.

    So, we have:
    read - make meaning of symbols; and
    reed - type of wetland grass
    (and the less well known rede - advice given)

    And:
    red - the visible colour; and
    read - past tense of read (above)
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  8. #28
    past = the time before now
    passed = past tense of the verb to pass

    etymology = the study of word origins
    entomology​ = the study of bugs

    error I see all over the place:
    lose = to fail to win; to misplace
    loose = adjective: opposite of tight; verb: to release from physical bondage

  9. #29
    add homonym---what we're doing here

    ad hominem----marked by or being an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the contentions made.

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  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    chased; past of chase, to run after, or to cut a channel in.
    chaste; Sexually inactive.

    The two tend to be incompatible
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