Lets face it
English is a stupid language.
There is no egg in the eggplant
No ham in the hamburger
And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple.
English muffins were not invented in England
French fries were not invented in France.
We sometimes take English for granted
But if we examine its paradoxes we find that
Quicksand takes you down slowly
Boxing rings are square
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
If writers write, how come fingers don't fing?
If the plural of tooth is teeth
Shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth?
If the teacher taught,
Why didn't the preacher praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables
What the heck does a humanitarian eat!?
Why do people recite at a play?
Yet play at a recital?
Park on driveways and
Drive on parkways
How can the weather be as hot as hell on one day,
And as cold as hell on another
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy
Of a language where a house can burn up as
It burns down
And in which you fill in a form
By filling it out
And a bell is only heard once it goes off!
English was invented by people, not computers,
And it reflects the creativity of the human race
(Which of course isn't a race at all)
That is why
When the stars are out they are visible
But when the lights are out they are invisible
And why it is that when I wind up my watch
But when I wind up this poem
Cute. Did you know that English is the hardest language in the world to learn, because it has so much of this stuff in it?
Like too, to, and two; and words that are spelled alike but pronounced differently, or have two different meanings, or can be either verbs or nouns.
Most languages have set rules, but English is such a conglomeration of words and rules from so many other languages, that it's just a mess!
Oh...but there really is an eggplant that looks like tiny eggs. Non-edible, but it exists. It's called the Easter Egg Plant.
I'm afraid this is an overstatement. I think Asian languages are hardest to learn for Western culture people...
English is deceptively simple at the beginning--no genders, no cases, you learn the verb to be in the present tense and a few nouns and adjectives and boom you think you are speaking English but then the fun begins......sooooo many words for the same thing with only subtle differences in meaning and so many irregularities and idioms.... like the plural of mouse is mice so why isn't the plural of house hice? The poem is really a good illustration.....I not only don't know how anyone ever learns English-- I don't know how one could begin to teach it. It is such a disorganized, if lovable, tongue:)
For a good laugh at the expense of the English language click on the link
Yeah, there are so many variations and words that make no sense! If i wasn't born speaking English I would find it very hard to learn... You know, I thought French would have been a hard language to learn but it's really quite simple once you've established the simple rules.
It's all a matter of perception, preference and aptitude, I guess. I am Dutch and I had much less difficulty learning English than I have ever had with French and other Roman languages. Nevertheless, English IS a stupid language *lol*
Having said that, I can tell you that Dutch also has its peculiarities, mind you.
And ~ English people do not call it an eggplant. We call it an aubergine.
Well I guess whatever tickles your pickle LOL
Actually it is a fruit
And all but one of the words in your first stanza are American words, not English
Eggplant, Hamburger, English Muffins and French Fries.
Although I thought they had been legally renamed "Freedom Fries."
Wow, never knew that. I've been wondering what the hell an eggplant was for years!
The more I know!
I loved the poem it was really true. But as a kid I had a lot of trouble with learning, simply because of the different words with the same meaning like too, to , two, their, there, bear, bare and so on.
My son was dislexic and he spelt words back to front. Oh boy what a hassle that was. Even his own name he always wrote it back to front. I really feel sorry for people coming from another country to learn our language.
Then again in writing there is different terminology. cliches, oh brain gone dead cant think but you all know what I mean if not then thats life..eh what.
They are not the tastiest LOL
Just in case someone wants to know what they look like here's a pic:
As a born n bred londoner (from England) or is it the UK.!\?
I think you are all patronizing me,,,,Or is it "pay"tronizing!!!
Geez, reading this post made me want to take out the two eggplants I bought last weekend to fix up some grilled eggplants.
I really enjoyed this script when I first saw it somewhere else. Hmm, let's see... could it perhaps be from this link:
http://osdir.com/ml/cms.xaraya.curiosa/ … 00046.html
Why did you substitute the word "observation" with the word "poem" in the last line? This could have been an exact reproduction if not for that one-word-swop.
Perhaps the answer is blowing in the wind.
It's a great discussion.
English is 'stupid' in that it doesn't follow rigid rules like some other languages-. It does have rules, but there are always exceptions that allow for great creativity.
It borrows liberally from many other languages. Part of this is because the English, and Americans have always been explorers and open to other cultural influences. Perhaps that is why writers appreciate English expressiveness. German comes close, especially with its elongated combined forms. Most languages owe a dept to Latin and Greek.
I don't know much about Asian languages
imo, the hardest language to learn is japanese.
terenceyap07, I'm with you. Clever, but it's already out there.
I know this is the "fun" forum, but is anyone else bothered by these re-posts of stuff that's been circulating forever?
No offense to the OP, I get them in my inbox every day. And I sometimes get amused by something I haven't seen before, but it just frustrates me to keep coming across the same 'ole, same 'ole emails on the forums.
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