It started first thing this morning. I caught a news story on the ‘crawl’ line of the morning news show I was watching. I saw the story drift past – something about the G & J Trucking Building being on fire. I told Ted about it as I hurried out the door to work. Ted knew the man who owned that business. By the time I got to work, Ted texted me to say that it was the J & G Trucking company in Detroit (NOT the guy he knew) whose building was on fire. G & J ? J & G ? Whatev. I told him that I was sorry to be a little dyslexic. He responded that “dyslexia could eb contagious.” “Sey it could,” I replied.
At work, a co-worker commented on my name, asking if it was pronounced “lore-uhl” or “lore-ell.” I told her the first way was correct. She told me her daughter’s name was “Amy,” but that in her native country of India, they pronounced it “ah-me.”
Isn’t it interesting how a change of letter order can change things? Or, how you see and read a word can change things up quite a bit, too.
Later, at work, another co-worker was asking me about the “drop sheets.” I was having a brain fog moment as I was trying to figure out what she was talking about. I was stuck on thinking about “drop down boxes” on web site pages where you choose items from the drop down. I also was thinking it could be some kind of sheet listing patients that were dropped (from the schedule) or some other thing that was dropped or eliminated. Duh…Laurel…we do eye surgeries here and use eye DROPS all the time. She was talking about the EYE drop sheets that list the eye drops patients must use.
This saga of changed letters, misreads, and rearranged letters continues!
I believe I blogged once before about how the word ‘listen’ is composed of the same letters as the word ‘silent.’ Hmmm …. so much meaning there! Shut up and be silent if you really want to listen and not just hear what’s being said!
And the other day while I was working on my computer, a couple of funny words popped up. First, I was writing about developmental disabilities and it came out ‘develoopmental.’ Oh my. I think that tells it all! Anyone who isn’t quite right could be called ‘loopy’ and that makes us all a ‘lil develoopmentally disabled! Why not. It sure gives more definition to the word, doesn’t it? And then….
I was writing something about one of my son-in-laws, and typed out “son-in-aw.” Wow. What if instead of “in-laws” we called them all “in-aws” – like we were in awe of them? Makes it sound so much nicer. To say ‘mother-in-law’ makes you think of “out-laws” and then sheriffs, and guns and fighting and all things negative. Instead, we can say how much we love our mother/father/brother/sister-in-aw. Aww! Isn’t that sweet?
Interesting how a letter added, changed, or deleted can change the meaning of a word. Or simply how a word is read. It’s kind of fun. Don’t depend on spell check! I’m sure you have all encountered some ‘oops’s’ there!
I just know, that the best thing to do when puzzled by what I read, is to question the author. And I will mind my P’s and Q’s. Or is it my Q’s and P’s? Oh – and I do LOVE my son-in-aws!
But I think John says it best:
3 John 1:13-14 13 I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.