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English is very funny language

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Lugha' started by X-PASTER, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. X-PASTER

    X-PASTER Moderator

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    English is very funny language, unless you grew up with its eccentricities, can be a rather difficult and confusing language to learn. The rule is that... the rule doesn't always rule.

    We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
    But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
    One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
    Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
    You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
    Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

    If the plural of man is always called men,
    Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
    If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
    And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
    If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
    Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

    Then one may be that, and there would be those,
    Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
    And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
    We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
    But though we say mother, we never say methren.
    Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
    But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

    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.

    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?

    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 folks who grew up speaking English
    Should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
    In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?

    We ship by truck but send cargo by ship...
    We have noses that run and feet that smell.
    We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
    And 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.
    And in closing...

    If Father is Pop, how come Mother's not Mop?
     
  2. FaizaFoxy

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    Hahahahahahah

    Eid Mubarak.
     
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    Bora nibaki na kiswahili changu mie!! Loh!
     
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    Constant variables/ paradoxical yet perfectly legal english construct
     
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    The rule doesn't always rule........That's how things should be taken..........logic, and if it doesnt rhyme, it's out of place.
     
  6. X-PASTER

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    'Iyd Al-Adhwhaa Al-Mubaarak

    ‘Taqabbala Allaahu Minna Wa Minkum'

    Assalamu 'Alaykum wa RahmatuLlaah wa Barakaatuh
     
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    in 'enough' gh is the 'F' while in 'Fish' ef is the 'F'. Action has ct as 'sh' while sham has 'sh' as 'sh'.
    And why is 'Sun' pronounced 'san' while son is also 'san' ?
     
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