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Pronunciation and Meaning

English is not always an easy language to read or speak. It can be a challenge and a great surprise to find things are not always what you have thought.

For example, in researching Civil War records and other pension documents, the handwritten word invalid can be found. Standing alone its sound and meaning are obscure. Invalid was read to mean injured or disabled. Or so it seemed.

Invalid meaning incomplete, not meeting the requirements or ┬árejected has the researcher going in a different direction. (more…)

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