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funny thing about the english language!

  1. blbhhdcn profile image60
    blbhhdcnposted 8 years ago

    The English language can be unpredictable and confusing- but at least we can have fun with it! Here are some unique language oddities to wrap your mind around:


    In the English language...

              ...quicksand works slowly...

               ...boxing rings are square...

              ...a human race is not a race...

             ...a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig...

    Did you also know that a house can burn up as it burns down?...

           ... you fill in a form by filling it out...

           ...and an alarm goes off by going on?

    Also, don't forget that people recite at a play and play at a recital...

              ....we ship by truck and send cargo by ship....

             ....we park a car on a driveway and drive a car on a parkway....

    And why is it that a slim chance and a fat chance are the same thing...

             ...while a wise man and a wise guy are opposties?

    As if isn't enough, when the stars are out, they are visible...

               ...but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

    Do you notice that there is no egg in eggplant?...

        ...or ham in the hamburger...

       ....nor apple or pine in pineapple!

    The masculine pronouns are he, his, and him...

         ....but imagine the feminine pronouns being she, shis, and shim!

    The plural of box is boxes... but...

           .... the plural of ox is oxen, not oxes!

    The plural of goose is geese... but...

            ....the plural of moose isn't meese!

    The plural of mouse is mice... but....

             ...the plural of house isn't hice!

    The plural of foot is feet.... but....

             .....the plural of boot isn't beet.

    The plural of tooth is teeth... but...

          ....the plural of booth isn't beeth!

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    Ah yes these are all great ones. How do you pronounce yer name? wink

    1. blbhhdcn profile image60
      blbhhdcnposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      hello ralwus. Thanks. That's an acronym for my real name . I don't even know how to pronounce it lol

  3. aware profile image69
    awareposted 8 years ago

    Two Words ...Very Nice.

  4. R P Chapman profile image61
    R P Chapmanposted 8 years ago

    love a bit of linguistic fun. Thanks for sharing. smile

  5. Beth100 profile image72
    Beth100posted 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great laugh!  It's came in good time!

    BTW, how come time flies when it doesn't have wings?

  6. Laura du Toit profile image86
    Laura du Toitposted 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing smile

  7. pioneer_writer5 profile image56
    pioneer_writer5posted 8 years ago

    Its quirkiness is what I love about the English language.

  8. megs78 profile image60
    megs78posted 8 years ago

    I used this piece in my english classes for my ESL students a couple years ago and they were completely stumped.  I love it though.

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    LOL I figured as much. bulbhhedcin sounds right. hehe

    1. blbhhdcn profile image60
      blbhhdcnposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      ur'e funny! and crazy lol *wink*

  10. Daniel Carter profile image75
    Daniel Carterposted 8 years ago

    I've had so much fun poking fun at the English language. I'm from the west, and my mother's side are all southerners, and then when I was younger spent time in England. Wow. I even wrote about it. I hope my southern relatives don't think I'm mocking them, which I'm not, but there are so many funny stories about the pitfalls and foibles of language.

    Like in the south, the plural of "ya'all" is "all ya'all." As if "ya'all" really was singular. LOL
    Ain't no fridge, it's a "icebox" which pronounced more like "assbox." And so it goes.

    Fun thread, blbhhdcn. Yes, btw, how do you prounounce that name? It can't be as pretty as your picture!! But since it's an acronym, I propose that we find a prettier acronym that's more suitable.

    Any ideas?