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Thursday Thirteen #3: 13 Capitonyms

January 30, 2008
My “adult life” began at age 16 with an unplanned wedding due to an unplanned pregnancy. Thus, I became a high school drop out and my dreams of college was placed on the back burner (actually they were not on the stove at all!). Twenty-two years and a divorce later, after raising two children, with one graduated from college and the other in the Navy, I finally was able to realize my dream. I absolutely loved college, despite despising being referred to as a “non-traditional student,” translated to mean being well past the average student age. I have often said since graduating from Kent State University (Summa Cum Laude, I must brag! lol), that college studies made sense to me, at least much more sense than they did to my 18-28 year old classmates. I believe this was due to having real life experiences to relate what was being presented, which really came in handy in history and social studies. I truly enjoyed my literature classes and learned to appreciate the idiocrasies of our English language. One of these are the capitonyms – words that take on a different meaning when they are capitalized. I hope you enjoy this list.
Thirteen Things about Cricket’s Hearth

13 Capitonyms

1. job – an occupation   vs   Job – a Biblical name

2. pound – a unit of weight   vs   Pound – monitary unit in the UK

3. yen – a desire   vs   Yen- a monitary unit in Japan

4. crow – a black bird   vs   Crow – an Indian tribe

5. china – a set of dishes   vs   China – a country

6. major – an important or main item   vs   Major – a rank in the Army

7. chili – a hot spice or soup   vs   Chili – a country

8. frank – an open opinion   vs   Frank – a male name

9. polish – to shine or make shiny   vs   Polish – a decendant of Poland

10. bob – a short haircut, or up & down motion   vs   Bob – a male name

11. pat – a light tap   vs   Pat – a male or female name

12. chow – slang for food   vs   Chow – a type of dog

13. august – grand, majestic   vs   August – one of the 12 months 

            (which also happens to be the month I was born)

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32 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2008 8:28 pm

    Oh I love word lists. Thanks for sharing. Happy T13!

  2. January 30, 2008 8:34 pm

    I love this stuff, Cricket! Great fun. When I was in college, I’d keep lists of all the crazy or made-up or new words I’d hear come out of a prof. My books were covered with words that didn’t exist. This real list is nice!

  3. January 30, 2008 8:35 pm

    This was the most interesting yet. 🙂

    Happy TT!

    Thirteen of my favorite Romantic Movies

  4. January 30, 2008 8:47 pm

    What a wonderful, creative list! Thank you! I was born in August as well!

  5. January 30, 2008 8:55 pm

    Cute — very clever.

  6. January 30, 2008 9:09 pm

    Well, this was downright fun. I love it. I too attended and graduated college in my later years. I so understood thing better as well. Have a great TT. 🙂

  7. January 30, 2008 9:27 pm

    What a great story! Thank you for sharing your life story! It’s amazing to me when I hear people’s excuses. You are really a gem for going for what you wanted in life – hurray! I bet you have great kids too!

    Happy TT!

  8. January 30, 2008 9:38 pm

    What a wonderful and interesting list. So sorry that you had to wait to go to college, but glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 There are many “non-traditional” students at my college and no one ever says anything about it. 🙂 Happy Thursday! 🙂

  9. January 30, 2008 9:45 pm

    Hmm, the kind of list that makes you think and smile . . . two things we could always use more of in the world. Thanks

  10. January 30, 2008 9:59 pm

    Cool list! I share your joy in words. Thanks for sharing (& thanks for visiting my TT)

  11. January 30, 2008 10:26 pm

    Way too much thought involved!


  12. January 30, 2008 10:43 pm

    Love the double meanings. Happy TT

  13. January 30, 2008 10:53 pm

    Neat list! thanks for stopping by.

  14. January 30, 2008 11:19 pm

    I loved reading this list of stuff we know, but never think about.

  15. January 30, 2008 11:34 pm

    I love this kind of stuff…one of these days I’m gonna grow up to be a clever TTer, too! 🙂

    Happy TT, Cricket!

  16. January 30, 2008 11:51 pm

    Excellent! I had never even heard of capitonyms before.

  17. January 31, 2008 12:23 am

    I never thought about that !

  18. January 31, 2008 2:13 am

    Chile is the country but still it was an interesting list. Happy TT.

  19. January 31, 2008 9:55 am

    Good post i love all word play

  20. January 31, 2008 10:30 am

    frank — a hot dog
    pat – a slice of butter

    This is fun! Great list!

  21. January 31, 2008 11:26 am

    Great word list, awesome.
    ~ The Mama Bear
    TT Participant @

  22. Ellen permalink
    January 31, 2008 12:16 pm

    That was great! Enjoyed it.
    tt participant

  23. January 31, 2008 1:21 pm

    Those are fun! Great list!

  24. January 31, 2008 1:24 pm

    Those were fun to read!

    Oh, by the way, I do not watch a lot of movies. Those on my list were from the past few months. Haha!

  25. January 31, 2008 1:59 pm

    Wonderful TT13. Congratulations on realizing your college dream!

    One of my remarkable sister’s just completed college at age 51. She is now an RN. She waited until her husband and 2 sons went to college. It is never too late and always worthwhile!

    Gandalf & Grayson’s Mom

  26. January 31, 2008 5:25 pm

    non-traditional student do have an advantage over those of us who went straight out of high school! Good job and great list!! Happy T-13!

  27. January 31, 2008 5:46 pm

    Clever, love it! I probably would have gotten more out of college if I’d given it another 10 or 20 years…

  28. January 31, 2008 6:51 pm

    Congratulations on getting your degree, what great determination. You go girl. Great list, funny, interesting and I would have never thought of it.

  29. Michelle permalink
    January 31, 2008 8:34 pm

    Hey Cricket,
    I got to your blog through my mom’s (Creation in Progress – Joyce). I like your lists too. I was also born in August (the 27th).


    Hi Michelle,
    Thank you for stopping in. Do you have a blog? I’ll stop by for a visit sometime. Blessings, Cricket

  30. January 31, 2008 10:38 pm

    Hello Cricket, Congaultions on your college degree. I had no problem being called non-traditional student. I felt being over 50 allowed me that privalage. I am still a bad speller.

    Michelle does have a blog, and you can find her on my side bar in the most used part. She is not as faithful in writing, but what she has done is good.

    Love and Hugs,

  31. January 31, 2008 10:59 pm

    Wow…great list. I am in Cuyahoga Falls…are you close?



  32. January 31, 2008 11:17 pm

    I didn’t play this week, but this was an awesome TT!! Great list.

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