This morning, I heard a mom say, “Oh, you have two brains!” and furtively started looking for the aliens in the corner. Then she finished her sentence. “Just like Pippi Longstocking!”
Wait a sec. . . Oh. Braids.
The day gets a lot more interesting when you hear things like that. It’s not just for spoken language, though. Life is occasionally weird in writing, too. You might also come across homonyms – words or phrases that sound alike but mean different things – and wonder what kind of flowers have pistols. And how would you like to be a king who rained for 40 years? In The King Who Rained and A Little Pigeon Toad, you’ll find out what happens when homonyms get confused.
Misplaced punctuation is another way to hear funny things in writing. What about a girl like spaghetti, or the king who walked and talked half an hour after his head was cut off? A series by Lynne Truss, author of a bestseller for adults on the same topic, illustrates and explains why punctuation is important for saying what you mean. Maybe now you won’t be looking for bear feet or pushing around that poor Please.