Engels grappige taal…

Na het stukje over het waarom en de reden vond ik het gepast om het onderstaande wat ik ook tegen kwam op de UK-LRO list even te posten;

Why is English 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. I did not object to the object.
  9. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  10. They were too close to the door to close it.
  11. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  12. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
  13. I shed my clothes in the shed.

Let’s face it – English is a ridiculous language.

  • There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in a hamburger; neither apple nor pine in a pineapple.
  • English muffins weren’t invented in England, nor French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. 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 bakers bake, but grocers don’t groce?
  • 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? 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. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
  • We 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, 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.

En tot slot nog even een gedichtje die ik op het Jan Arentsz voor het eerst had gezien, ik kan het niet uitspreken. Voor het eerste stuk zie hieronder en de rest hier;

Dearest creature in creation
studying English pronunciation
I will teach you in my verse
sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse
It will keep you Susy, busy
Make your head with heat grow dizzy

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