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Sow, sew, or sough?

Words that look the same, or which might sound the same but have different spelling or meanings can be confusing, so how do we handle words like sow, sew and sough?

In this case, sow can have different meanings and different pronunciations, though it’s spelt the same way. As a noun, a sow is a female pig and is pronounced to rhyme with words such as now, how, and cow. If used as a verb, it means to plant seeds in the ground, and it’s pronounced to rhyme with words such as hoe, grow, and low.



The pig farmer separated the sow from her piglets.

The farmer went out to sow the seeds in the field.


Sew means to stitch a garment or fabric, and is pronounced to rhyme with words such as hoe, grow, and low.



With the price of store-bought clothing so low, people seldom sew clothes at home anymore.


Sough can be used as a noun or as an intransitive verb. The noun means a rustling sound, and the verb means to rustle. The pronunciation is a bit troublesome, though. As far as I’m aware, both are pronounced to rhyme with how, now, and cow, but I have heard the word pronounced to rhyme with hoe, grow, and low, and also to rhyme with words like enough. Any opinions on the correct pronunciation are most welcome!

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In the early morning at the top of the hill you can the sea breeze sough (verb) through the trees.

The gentle sough (noun) of the wind through the trees reminds me of the murmur of water over pebbles.


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Far be it from me or far be it for me?

Which is correct: far be it from me, or far be it for me, and what does the saying mean?

Far be it from me is actually correct, and it’s usually followed by ‘but’. It means the equivalent of ‘God forbid that …’ or ‘Don’t let me try to tell you …’ and is used in a self-deprecatory way.


Far be it from me to tell you how to run your life, but do you really think you’re making the right decision?

Far be it from me to advise you on which lawn mower to buy, but do you think that’s the best choice for your garden?

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Tim Ferguson – ‘Write Comedy Now’ Workshop – Burleigh Heads – 10 August 2013


Internationally acclaimed comedian and comedy-writing teacher, Tim Ferguson, has trained thousands of writers around the world. Now Gold Coast Writers’ Workshops is bringing him to the Gold Coast for a day of laughter and learning. You will discover Tim’s original techniques to create jokes, stories and comic characters at his exciting comedy-writing course. Whether you are a beginner or professional, this course works to get you writing comedy straight away. In this hands-on masterclass, Australia’s internationally acclaimed ‘comedy doctor’ offers the skills needed to write comedy for screen, stage and stand-up.

Book through Eventbrite: Tim Ferguson Write Comedy Now Workshop

Presenter: Tim Ferguson
Topic: Write Comedy Now
Time: 9.45 am to 4.00 pm
Date: Saturday 10 August 2013
Place: Fradgley Hall, above Burleigh Heads Library, corner Park Avenue and Connor Street, Burleigh Heads, Queensland
Cost: $145 which will include light refreshments
Free parking is available in the Burleigh Heads Library car park.

“The best thing about Tim’s comedy course is that it’s really practical. Tim makes it very clear how you can apply what you learn to your own comedy writing.”
Jehan Ratnatunga (youtube Premium Channels Strategist, USA)

“Learning the inner mechanics of comedy with Tim has provided me with tons of knowledge to draw upon on my journey to writing an award winning movie or TV series.”
Henry Inglis, Screenwriter/Comedian (Henry & Aaron – Winners of Movie Extra Webfest 2011)

“I would highly recommend this course for ANYONE interested in understanding about how comedy works. Seriously – the best money I’ve spent.”
Craig Annis (Presenter, SAFM)

This ‘Write Comedy Now’ workshop is likely to be very popular so please don’t delay!
For more information, go to http://www.goldcoastwritersworkshops.com
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Screenwriting Seminar with Todd Farmer

– Want to write a screenplay?
– Want to get up-close-and-personal with a Hollywood heavyweight teaching you the craft of screenwriting and showing you what it takes to construct a jaw-dropping blockbuster and / or cult film?

The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF April 18-28 2013) is excited to announce the return of Hollywood screenwriting legend, Todd Farmer, all the way from LA to the Gold Coast to execute an intimate, two-day writing master class as part of the GCFF lineup in 2013. Teaching the ‘tricks of the trade’ that go towards writing a successful Hollywood script, there will also be an allocated session where Farmer will hear all aspiring writers’, individual pitches and provide feedback to participants. The seminar will be held at the Sofitel at Broadbeach, Gold Coast on April 22 – 23 2013 and this exclusive Hollywood offer will be limited to 40 participants only at a cost of $395 (plus GST.)*

Screenwriting is a craft. To become a good screenwriter, one must not only write but study their craft. This once in a lifetime master-apprentice two-day seminar by one of Hollywood’s most talented screenwriters, Todd Farmer, will allow 40 individuals to learn the secrets to his Hollywood success and how to emulate Farmer’s success on the local and international film frontier.

Find out more about this master class at http://www.gcfilmfestival.com/page/90/Screenwriting_Master_Class

Over two full days on April 22 – April 23 (9.30am – 5.00pm) Todd Farmer will discuss in detail:
· The difference between US and Australian markets;
· The basics of screenplay writing;
· The first 10 minutes;
· First Act; Second Act; Third Act;
· What doesn’t work;
· Breaking down a scene;
· Creating a hero and a villain;
· Incorporating themes;
· Developing your characters;
· How to write dialog;
· Writing for 3D;
· Gatekeepers to success;
· Writing transmedia elements;
· Advice on how to break in to Hollywood; and
· Pitching.

At the end of the two-day workshop there will be an allocated session where Farmer will hear individual script pitches and provide feedback to participants.

• For more information and to book your spot, visit www.GoldCoastFilmFestival.iwannaticket.com.au
• For accommodation deals see www.qpow.com.au
• For Sofitel accommodation deal for participants see www.sofitelgoldcoast.com.au/le-news-and-events.html

*Please note the cost of $395 (plus GST) does not include accommodation or meals.

The full GCFF program of films and events will be available from early 2013 at www.gcfilmfestival.com

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