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It's Raining - Or Should That Read Reigning??? (Or - How One Word Can Have Homophonic Meanings)
I have found a favourite word - "Regent".

Before you think I am going to turn this post into something not unlike one of the scenes from "Miranda" I suppose I had better explain myself.

The English dictionary will tell you that "Regent" (pronounced Re-gent with a soft "g") is connected with a Monarch or a Prince reigning in place of the King or Queen.

If you have a strong Yorkshire or Lancashire accent you might say "Het (or 't) Regent" if you are talking about such a Prince.

However, if you change the pronunciation of "Regent" slightly to "Ray-Gent" with a hard "g" - and put the "Het" in front of it - a Dutch person will immediately search for an umbrella as you have just informed them that it is raining.

Strange how words can mix meanings, isn't it?

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