The English Language

anjuman Senior Member

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Posted: 29 July 2004 at 1:39pm | IP Logged

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 or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat

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 indices?

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

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, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it.

deadly Senior Member

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Good one !LOL
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Farah Newbie

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Posted: 29 July 2004 at 3:20pm | IP Logged

Eh? English hard? No... Spanish, Hindi, Gujarati, and all those *other* languages are more confusing. You have to conjugate the verbs and stuff. Meepizzles!

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cool graphics farah
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