Not inspired yet today but someone sent me this and I love it.
Reasons why the English language is so hard to learn:
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead, if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to
present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row amongst the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into the sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow how to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of injections, my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
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
Sweetmeats are candies, and sweetbreads – which are not 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, two geese. So, one moose, two meese? One index, 2
indices? 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
Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an
asylum for the verbally insane. 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? How can a slim chance and a
fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your
house can burn up as it burns down; in which you fill in a form by
filling it out; and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English
was invented by people, not computers; and it reflects the creativity
of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why,
when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out,
they are invisible.
P. S. Why doesn’t Buick rhyme with quick?
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