Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Hillbilly...Teaches English?

Oh, dear. The Hillbilly wants to teach y'all something about English. He's even modeled it after my last lesson, "Do You Accept, or Do You Except?"

 I'm not sure how this could possibly turn out well, but here goes.

The Difference in Axe and Acts!

I will begin this post by explaining that not one of Cynthia’s readers have ever asked me to explain the difference between use of words in the English language.  I misspoke; Alyssa did ask the difference in hillbilly and redneck --- that is kind of English --- I guess.  Anyway axe and acts, though they sound somewhat similar, are in no way similar.  However, on a particular, current, popular talent show, one of the emcees continues to say things that sound like – "The next axe leaving the competition is Charlie Brown!"  I then laugh and mimic him.  This happens several times during the show! (Cynthia's Note: Yes, it does. The Hillbilly is easily amused.)


Ax or Axe is a noun.  It can be made into a verb if you add an ed or d, depending upon which spelling you use.  Anyway, these are slightly different spellings for the same tool.  Some people use another spelling, (adz), for kind of the same basic tool. 

 An axe can be a double or single blade.  They can be broad head, (as were the ones used for beheading), or regular.  They can have various length of handles, depending upon its particular use.  I have about worn them out splitting wood, clearing brush, and cutting small trees down.  I cannot lie; I never cut down a cherry tree with one.  
The Woodcutter', oil painting by Cornelius Krieghoff, 1.5 x 9.2 in., William Doyle Galleries

The Woodcutter', oil painting by Cornelius Krieghoff, 1.5 x 9.2 in., William Doyle Galleries

Let us use it in some sentences.
I would run from a crazy man with an axe!
If I had to, I would split wood with an axe. (I used to enjoy it.)
I would gladly loan you an axe to split wood, so I don’t have to myself.
Axe splitting wood


Acts, on the other hand can be a verb or a noun.  As I mentioned, though the words acts and axe sound similar, they are much different.  Let’s begin using acts as a verb!

Cynthia acts kind of funny if she gets her medications confused!
Little Johnny acts up every morning!
lump of coal
Here's what Johnny gets for Christmas!

Now let’s do a couple of sentences using acts as a noun.
Only four acts are left in the competition.Bringing food and babysitting the kids were great acts of kindness!
Let’s go a little further with this and make various sentences with these two words.
John’s axe is sharper than Paul's!The director axed scene four of act two.Or my favorite:  The acts who got axed due to the hateful comments by two of the judges, got even with them when they chopped them up with a dull axe!

I think that about does it and should show everyone the difference in ask and axe.  Hey, it might even meet Cynthia’s English standards ---- if her medications get mixed up enough!

From the Hillbilly’s Corner!

Nope. My meds have never gotten that mixed up. So...ummm...did anyone learn anything?