A Reel Dry Spell
n this age of computers, we are so
dependent on them for everything
we write, we forget that Spell
Check is not infallible.
If you are dealing with a word that
sounds like another, it will escape detec-
tion because it represents a valid spelling,
though not a valid use. Let's look at some
of the common problematical sets.
It's important to distinguish between
buy (purchase), by (near) and bye (word
of leave taking). If you decide to buy by
the pound, your computer may go bye-
Can you distinguish between dough (money; cake
batter) and doe (female deer)? And between deer and
If not, your dear may take your dough and leave you
like a deer in headlights.
Pair, pare and pear can also be troubling. They mean
a twosome, to peel and a fruit, respectively. Pare a pair
of pears and you can rival Peter Piper.
If you do not know the difference between roe
(fish eggs-caviar), and row (propel a boat; a
line), then I do not care to sample the
hors d'oeuvres at your next function.
If the romantic in you wishes to
capture the pail moon in a pale of
water, you've turned things
around and are all wet.
Should you consider putting
beats in a salad while some-
one beets the dinner gong,
your salad may be rhythmical
and the gong is going to turn
a dark red.
What you wear and where
when you shop for ware, may determine if your cloth-
ing is approved at a place while you select items of
Can you take the skin from an orange (peel) while
you ring a bell (peal)? You may not care to do those
activities, but you should know that the sound-alikes
Things that are real (existing), like a fishing reel
(spool), should be easy to BUY if you are BY a river and
can ROW a boat and have the DOUGH for it.
Of all the problematical ones, there (place), their
(ownership) and they're (they+are) seem to be REAL
trouble causers. They're misused in their own right
more often than not.
Right up there is the set of its (ownership) and it's
(it+is). For some reason, words that have apostrophes
strike fear in hearts.
Well, now that we have settled those problems, shall
we discuss pronunciations such as pitcher and picture,
pour and poor and ... AAAAGH! I'm back in the class-
hat unusual statistic
regarding where Jews
reside came out of the
most recently released
census conducted in Great Britain?
•saisi Amos syu-lug ui smaj ou
are any :u1:eapg IEDJD uT saTapotpnE
tia Jo auo
pualds AtSuIspdins :Jamsuy
"I am now a new oleh, a citizen of
Israel. I have finished my ulpan,
learned Hebrew at a more advanced
level and even found an apartment. I
am ready for my four months of
Army service (I am 27 now and the
requirements slide with age). Life is
where I want it to be and I know that
when I finish my service in
September, I will have the tools to
find a professional job and keep on
living my dream."
— Ezra Wanetik, who made aliyah
from West Bloomfield on July 8, 2002;
quoted in the Conservative movement's
fall issue of United Synagogue Review.
A restaurant critic said, "Dear,
The chef reeks of krzubble,* I fear."
He said, "This galuch"
Has such a geruch,***
Ich ken nit fizrlide**** eating here."
— Martha Jo Fleischmann
"As a baalat teshuvah [a Jew who has become observant], I feel that lighting
Shabbat candles has special meaning. It connects me to all Jewish women
from the past and in the future."
— Robin Zucker, mother, Pleasant Ridge
Sponsored by Lubavitcb
To submit a candlelighting
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candlelighting call Miriam
Anizalak of Oak Park at
(248) 548-6771 or e-mail: •
Friday, Oct. 10, 6:41 p.m.
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Saturday, Oct. 11, 7:40 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:29 p.m.
**** I cannot stand (abide; tolerate)
Gall, brazen- nerve, effrontery, incredi-
ble "guts;" presumption plus arro-
Source: From The New Joys of Yiddish
by Leo Calvin Rosten, edited by
Lawrence Bush, copyright 2001, by
the Rosten Family LLC. Used by per-
mission of the Rosten Family LLC.