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Puzzle of the DayThe classic children’s book character Amelia Bedelia once became very confused by her to-do list: draw the curtains, strip the sheets, dress the chicken, put out the lights. Why is this?
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Each of the verbs in these phrases has a double meaning, which Amelia Bedelia interprets incorrectly. Instead of closing the curtains, she sketches them; instead of removing the sheets from the bed, she tears them into ribbons; instead of preparing the chicken to be cooked, she puts clothes on it; and instead of turning out the lights, she places them outside. English has many words with multiple meanings!