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Remember NO googling or searching the internet allowed and good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RIDDLE: Name a common English word that changes its pronunciation when given a capital letter?

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Could it be polish/Polish?

Tina (who is 100% Polish)

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I've taken a shine to you, Tina!

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Sounds good to me Tina!

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Small letter "august" is an adjective with stress on the second syllable (but it's not a very common word). Capitalized "August" meaning the month has stress on the first syllable.

--Greg

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Greg!

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First name is pronounced like the month.

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But I'm just a low level English speaker!

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When capitalized, "death" is a British personal name "Death", which rhymes with "teeth". It's one of the middle names of Dorothy Sayers' character Lord Peter Wimsey, and it's a name he uses to conceal his identity in the mystery novel Murder Must Advertise (as best I recall).

--Greg

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and I am certainly not polished either.........lol...........buzz

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nestles and Nestles (as in "N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestles makes the very best Choooooclate")

This is my kind of word game, and I've been straining my brain looking for others. My husband is working on this, too!

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the other word nestle as in to snuggle.....They said that it was the other 1.6 billion people that are pronouncing it wrong...........so polish/Polish is still the only one.....

doesn't my white lie just make ya CRAZY !!!!.......Good Sunday to you and yours......buzz

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I think this works. Note that "Nestles" is not the name of the company, which is "Nestlé", and its not the possessive of this, either. The name of the company may be pronounced like "nestle" sometimes, and maybe "Nestlé's" would then be pronounced like "nestles", but that's a different matter. This word is "Nestles", with capital and no apostrophe.

--Greg

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Reading (as in the place name, pronounced "Redding") and reading. I asked this of my FB friends, as I know a bunch of linguistics geeks (myself included)!

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