Let’s face it – English is a crazy language.!!!!
There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in
pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England nor French fries in
France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are
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, 2
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you
have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do
you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats
vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English
speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
from John Currin – Google+ Public Posts http://ift.tt/1eNTqSr