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 Post subject: Lead and Led
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:43 pm 
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This one gets me once in awhile.

Lead has two meanings, each with a different pronounciation.

Lead (led) as in the lead of a pencil.
Lead (leed) as in to lead someone through a forest.

Then there is Led. Sounds just like it's spelled. Think of Frosty the Snowman.."He led them down the streets of town.."

Every once in awhile, I catch myself using lead (led) and I have to go back and change it.

And I saw it used today when Ron Howard used it in reference to his former co-worker Tom Bosley who died. I know what he was trying to say, but the way it was spelled threw me off. I had to re-read that twice to get it.

There. I got THAT off my chest. I have enough of that already. DOn't need anymore there. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Lead and Led
PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:33 pm 
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Yeah, that's one that drives me nuts to see, lol, especially when it's something public like that. I'm sure he kicked himself later :(

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 Post subject: Re: Lead and Led
PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:05 am 
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I went back and read the paragraph, and the word was changed to what it should have been. I don't think it was so much Mr. Howard's writing, but the person who interviewed him and wrote it wrong.
Either way, According to Ron Howard, Tom Bosley led (not lead) by example, and I believe it.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:58 pm 
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It's hard to believe that that sweet "Mr. Cunningham" is gone.

As for the word, I used to be confused over the word "misled." I knew what it meant but I pronounced it "MY-ZULLED." One day, I used the word "misles" (pronounced MY-ZULLZ) in an article I was writing. My editor at the newspaper where I worked called me into his office and demanded to know what "misles" meant. I explained the meaning (being fooled by someone to think something other than the truth). I cockily told him, "You know...the present tense of 'misled'."

There was a long pause while this terrifying man with his big black beard and very loud voice sat silently, his face working in strange patterns. Finally, he gently told me to go and look up "misled" in the dictionary. As I was leaving, pulling the door closed behind me, I heard these strange little explosive snorting sounds. It wasn't until much later, after I had looked up the meaning and pronunciation of "misled" and found out it was the past tense of "mislead," that I realized those strange sounds had been the sound of my gruff editor laughing. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Lead and Led
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:08 am 
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This one always messes me up. Thanks for posting this!

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