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Another One From Flaherty


Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

I was reading one of my Spanish textbooks yesterday in an effort to restore my vocabulary when I realized that my Spanish texts are over fifty years old. If I am going to be able to speak in that language, I had better buy some new books or at least a Spanish-English dictionary. I also realized that while Spanish is a relatively easy language to learn, English is not. At least the English that is spoken in the United States or as they say in Mexico, Los Estados Unidos.

Let’s take a look at just a few of our words and try to understand just how confusing they must be to someone trying to learn English. Take a look at: To, Too, Two, For, Four, Forty, and New, Knew, News. That is enough to drive a Linguist to drink. The word, To, is usually pronounced Tuh and For is pronounce Fer. If that is the case, why shouldn’t Forty be Ferty?

Why shouldn’t ten times four be Fourty instead of Ferty or Forty? What happened to U and why wasn’t it grandfathered in? New by itself is easy to understand: New hat, New car, New wife and so on, but we must not accept News as the plural of New. But Knew? If we pronounced it the way it is spelled it would sound like Canoe. If Knew or Canoe means to Know, then Know should be pronounced Canow.

News is fresh information concerning something that has recently taken place somewhere somehow. Once we have the News, we Know or Canow something and the News or Canoes would no longer be considered as Canoes. We must realize that News or Canoes is neither singular or plural even though we sometimes ask, “What’s New or Canoe?”

I don’t know about you, but I am going to wish that I had stuck with my Spanish lessons and left the study of English to the British who started it all. To make matters worse, my wife has just read what I have written so far, and informed me that if I have nothing better to do with my time, she has a few things in mind. It appears that I won’t get back to my Spanish lessons for a week or two since I am going to be occupied cleaning out the garage, re-arranging the mess in the basement, and sorting out my sock drawer. Hasta la vista.

Township Roads - New tarpaper on the shack

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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We just completed another home improvement project. This is not the story of one of my usual do-it-yourself debacles. This time, we hired a local carpenter, a sheetrock taper, and a seamless gutter installer to do it right with a minimum of story-gen ..... 
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The Commute - Minnesota Nice

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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What exactly is “Minnesota Nice”? I’ve heard it referred to quite often lately in the national media. The phrase brings with it a vision of crowds of people with normal bodies but big, yellow, smiley- face heads.

I grew up just ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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Seems like everybody goes for coffee breaks, and I wonder how much coffee some people drink in a day. I remember years ago how we made coffee especially at church doings or Ladies Aid suppers. We used those big coffee pots and we would add 1-2 eggs ( ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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Yes, we have had some cold weather for October and now into November, but I guess all of us older ones will never forget November 11, 1940, our terrible Armistice's Day storm. There is one thing in life that none of us, not one person can change and ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Eric Leitzen

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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An excerpt from the diary of Corporal Peter Swenson, of Red Wing, Minnesota.

How much Longer will it last? Three days I have laid here in this dug out hole, this muddy, barbed wire studded bunker that has been my home for the p ..... 
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At Home in the Woods- Abby's World

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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The Lanesboro library was our first stop. She found the children's section immediately, picked out a book with an elephant on the front cover sitting in a bathtub drinking tea. She sat at one of the small chairs and began to turn the pages. I picked ..... 
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Notes From a Country Kitchen

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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One of these Days

One of these days, I'll be free  to do everything that pleases ME!  I'll eat popcorn with a spoon  Or, lie down to rest at half-past no ..... 
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Township Roads- The annual 4-H hayride

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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Soon after we got our new fifty-two-year-old tractor, I threatened our sons with a hayride. I suggested that they could invite all their friends over and we would hitch the Farmall to our sheep trailer and go for a hayride over the pasture and throug ..... 
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