Friday, April 17, 2009

Language language…

Let's face it, English is a strange language
There is no egg in the eggplant
No ham in the hamburger
And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple.
English muffins were not invented in England
French fries were not invented in France.


We sometimes take English for granted
But if we examine its paradoxes we find that
Quicksand takes you down slowly
Boxing rings are square
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

If writers write, how come fingers don't fing.
If the plural of tooth is teeth
Shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth
If the teacher taught,  why didn't the preacher praught.

If a vegetarian eats vegetables
What the heck does a humanitarian eat!?
Why do people recite at a play yet play at a recital?
Park on driveways and drive on parkways

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy
Of a language where a house can burn up as It burns down
And in which you fill in a form by filling it out
And a bell is only heard once it goes!

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 it is that when I wind up my watch, It starts
But when I wind up this observation, It ends.

Author unknown


  1. English does keep things interesting.
    Rough is ruff; enough is enuf; but though is tho and through is thru.
    It's a wonder we can communicate at all!

  2. Wow, this is interesting. +! to Bob too!!! Thanks for sharing this one!!!


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