WEIRD WORDS and LINGUISTIC HUMOR
Pam Kaatz--Color Connection
WEIRD WORDS are words that…
look different but sound the same--
look the same but sound different--
look and sound the same but have different meanings--
are frequently mispronounced and/or misused--
et cetera, et cetera, et cetera English is HARD!
This lesson is NOT meant to be a torture-tool for your students, rather it is meant for these uses:
(1) “Class Openers” – not to be used every day; not to be taught in the exact order in which they are printed--
(2) “Teachable moments”—Perhaps a word from this extensive list shows up during a lesson. Show the slide, have them notice the differences in the words.
This lesson should not be the main focus of your lesson; it is merely the support you need to deal with these Weird Word situations. OK, as a Grammarian, I know all the big words: homonyms, homophones, homographs, heteronyms—and I KNOW this is heresy—But do kids really need to know those words? For example, I can breathe without knowing the word "pulmonary." I can see without knowing the word "optical." Sorry I’ll get down from my soapbox now. There are complete instructions for printing, making and using the workbook.
These are just silly thoughts, silly jokes, usually having something to do with language, origin of words, school, just stuff. There is occasionally an “inspiring message.” or just some random thoughts. There is NO WORKBOOK for these items. I just have a weird sense of humor, and I like to take the emphasis off our serious goals for a few minutes sometimes. These can be used to open and close class.
Pam Kaatz, M.A.W. Degree (Master of Arts in Weirdness)