8 July 2015: Rain has had free Rein long enough!

There are some words I just really dislike.

I mean I love the English language, but sometimes you just have to wonder why some things are the way they are, and why someone in authority of the English language doesn’t do something about them.  Let’s take the word rain for instance.  And when I say rain, I mean how these letters are pronounced, not that actually meaning of the word itself.  The pronunciation of these letters can have several different meanings.

For Example:

Rein: Reins are the straps you use to control a horse.  Rein is also the correct spelling of the troublesome person you need to rein in.  Rein is also the spelling you want in the phrase free rein.  When you trust someone enough to do things on their own.category25Reign: A king reigns over his kingdom. A period of time during which a monarch rules a country is also referred to as his or her reign.  Crown

Rain: Rain falls from the sky.  It also has figurative meanings such as describing things that appear in abundance: It’s raining men! rain-room-at-moma-10I’m just saying … who do I write a letter to to get them all spelled the same way.  Someone need to pull the reins back on the reign of the word rain!   Yes, I’m aware they all evolved from root words with different meanings probably in Latin, but enough is enough!  Rene_Magritte_Raining_Men_by_weuxanurgSorry, I’m ranting.  But as an editor as well as writer, it’s little things like this that get on my nerves the most sometimes.  I mean really, would it kill anyone if we just went with the one way to spell it.  I don’t care which one, you pick!


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