I wonder ..

The 7 new wonders of the world, pic: thesucculentwife.com

Today another similar pair, not quite identical twins, but at least fraternal: wonder and wander.

The meaning of the two words is quiet different but when carelessly pronounced they sound close to identical.  So here we go:

wonder – can be both a verb or a noun.  As a verb it is used to express a desire to know something or is a way to express a doubtful speculation.  Here is an example for each:

Example 1: “I wonder who bought the house across the street.  I hope it is a nice family.”

Example 2: “I wonder whether it will rain tomorrow.”

As a noun it means the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising or awe-inspiring, as well as an event inexplicable by the laws of nature, like  a miracle.  Here are a couple of examples:

“The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.”

” Bible is full of stories about wonders.”

Wander can mean a number of different things but is most commonly use as a verb with the following meaning:

to move about aimlessly or without any destination, to walk around without a purpose


“What did you do today?”

“Nothing much, I just wandered around the city and looked at the shop windows.”

In addition to the body, the mind can also wander around, which means that one isn’t concentrating on the task at hand but thinking about other stuff.

Now lets put it together in one (somewhat contrived) sentence it would

“I wonder whether your mind always wander when you drive?”


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