Rip, Reap, & R.I.P.

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.        Rip                                           Reap.

.       /rIp/                                            /riyp/.

.          ⇓                                               ⇓.

.To tear apart                                 To harvest.

.          ⇓                                               ⇓.

.Jack the Ripper                        The Grim Reaper.

.          ⇓                                               ⇓.

.           ⇒If you were to encounter either⇐.

.                                 ⇓ .

.                              R.I.P.

.                   (REST IN PEACE).

Tongue Twisters

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Tongue twisters allow people to improve their pronunciation and diction. Tongue twisters are also made to challenge other people to say them and have fun trying to doing it fast.

Here are some of the most popular tongue twister in US (try to read them out loud and fast):


She sells sea shells on the sea shore.

Red leather, yellow leather, red leather, yellow leather.

A box of biscuits, a box of mixed biscuits and a biscuit mixer.

A proper copper coffee pot.

Pink lorry, yellow lorry.


Swan swam over the pond,
swim swan swim!
Swan swam back again,
well swum swan!

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper.
Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled pepper?
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper,
where’s the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked?


The sixth sick Sheikh’s sixth sheep is sick.


Homonyms and Homophones

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English language has many homonyms and homophones. In order to know what is the meaning of those kinds of words, it is necessary to have a little context. First of all, let’s define what homonyms and homophones are.

  • Homonyms: words that are spelled and pronounced in the same way but have different meaning.

Examples: bow (weapon), bow (ribbon); left (direction), left (past tense verb); rock (material), rock (music).

  • Homophones: words that are pronounced the same but they have different meaning.

Examples: raise, rays; plane, plain; carat, carrot; read (past tense), red.


Both types of words have allowed the creation of word games. Here are some examples:


Thomas left to the left. (Thomas went to the opposite direction of right)

The dogs bark at the bark. (The dogs produce the alarming noise to the part of the tree)


The following sentence represents the use of homonyms and homophones in a very clear way:


Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. (The buffalo from Buffalo that bother other buffalo from Buffalo bother buffalo from Buffalo)


There are also words combinations that sound the same and can only be understood by context or reading.


A dressed male <==> Addressed mail

Ice cream         <==> I scream

Real eyes         <==> Real lies