As I was sat in a cocktail bar over looking the beautiful town of Agios Nikolaos in Crete which was a little blurry as the “TRUST THE BARMAN” cocktail was a little stronger than my lightweight self is used to having!
A question was asked within the group of what is the difference between Assume and Presume.
Easy question I thought at first and naturally is said “well assume is like persuming something and persume is like asuming”.
Then I realised the cocktail was clearly talking and I had no idea about what I was talking about so listened to the grown-ups work it out (Im 32 honestly!)
It then seemed aparent that no one really knew the diffrence!
Can anyone actualy tell me the diffrence between them?
What is the point of two completely difrent words that mean the same thing?
And How do you decide when to use the right one…?
And then just to make assume and persume complecated, you can also have supose!!! Any more…..
Another one that gets me is words that are simular but have completely difrent sounds;
Cough (off) though (o) rough (uff) – all ending in OUGH but have completely difrent sounds. How can all these sound different when they have the same ending. If I was french and started learing english for the first time then surely I would be cursing because it is so complicated.
Have we over the years just made our language complicated or is it because our language is a mix-mash of other languages such as French and latin?
Some times I feel that its my dyslexia that makes it dificult for me but actualy I think it is the English Language.
Another example is if I said I like to sit and ROW, do I mean;
1)I like to sit and row a boat
2)I like to sit and row (argue)with my family
3)Or row as in lines of seats.
Is this not just a floor in the english langue. Do the oxford dictory people even know this and if so why make one word that means loads of different things!
Cup – drinking cup or going to the doctors and being cupped and asked to cough!!!!
Dog pound, pound in weight, money pound gave it a pounding!?
When I used to get words wrong – my nan used to say “there there sam, your get t right next time”. Which there or their is right in this senario?
In summery the english language is really complicated and confusing. So being dyslexic it feels a 100 times harder to understand and get stuff in the right context. Infact now I read this back I feel that I need another coctail just to understand what I have writen.
Only a quick blog today but I am looking a writing one about big organisations and how a lot of the time they are not dyslexic friendly at all. Example being terms and conditions – why not summerise so us dyslexic people and actualy read what we are signing up to rather than the hole 95 pages that no one will ever read!
Any ideas on that would be apreshiated to!!!!
Let me know what you think on twitter @samthedysleic
Thanks for reading
2 thoughts on “May Blog”
‘Assume’ is usually used to suppose something but without any evidence.
‘Presume’ is usually used to suppose something based on a balance of probabilities.
Hope that makes sense. Presume is more evidence-based than Assume 🙂
It gets more confusing Sam, because assume has more than one definition too. (Like you mentioned with the many different uses of ‘row’)
The way assume/presume was explained to me, is that you can make an assumption (or assume) things you know nothing about, it’s little more than a guess. If you presume, you are forming a hypothesis on the basis of preexisting knowledge, logic, or fact.