Saturday, October 29, 2005

Is English A Funny Language Or ?

Fun With English!

Let's face it: English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant or ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England or french fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies, while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce, and hammers don't ham?

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So, one moose, 2 meese? One index, two indices? Is cheese the plural of choose? If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play, and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? Park on driveways and drive on parkways? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

How can the weather be hot as helll one day and cold as hell another? When a house burns up, it burns down. You fill in a form by filling it out and an alarm clock goes off by going on. When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it?

Now I know why I flunked my English. It's not my fault -- the silly language doesn't quite know whether it's coming or going.

Hahha...cool info from niroo at koala land

3 Comments:

At November 23, 2005 8:42 PM, Blogger Gangadhar said...

Wow,Thyaga,I enjoyed dis post a lot,though I know some of the things earlier..
And it's gud to see you on my blog..And I'm verymuch happy to meet telugu man in the blog world like me..
Keep visiting my blog..And i'll do the same..
take care

 
At November 23, 2005 9:38 PM, Blogger adarsh said...

hahahahah.... good one..
and the worse part of english is... u write something.. and pronounce it as something else..
none of the indian langs have that problem..
what u say?

 
At November 24, 2005 9:13 AM, Blogger Bhale Budugu said...

sorry guys I was away from home and did not have access to internet at the client place...so could not get to see your messages..sorry about that

Thanks for dropping in the comments

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