Welcome

Please register to have access to more features!

It is highly recommended that you have Javascript enabled; many features will not work unless you do. The recommended browsers are Firefox and Chrome; the board is also NOT mobile-friendly.

Please invite your friends!

If you were referred by someone (ex. me, Jessica) please put their username in the referral box on the registration page. Ask them if you don't know their username.

If you are visiting for TESTING PURPOSES ONLY, this is the test account information:


Username:
Test
Password: test123



Select a forum to post in:

English is a strange language...

Literature, grammar, vocabulary, writing, etc

Moderators: Jessica, Teachers

English is a strange language...

Post Number: #1  Postby Jessica » August 26th, 2011, 9:48 pm

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 among 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 a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) 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 or 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 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? 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?

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.

PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'?
  • 0

User avatar
Jessica
Board Owner
Topic Author

Founder
Sapphire
Sapphire
 
8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership
 
Posts: 3,470
Topics: 1,244
Articles: 30
Joined: December 22nd, 2010, 8:04 pm
Local time: November 14th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Last Visit: Today, 11:38 am
Location: Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Cash on hand: 4,778.58
Bank: 145,579.08
Reputation: 148
Medals: 20
#1: July 2012 1st Place (1) R-Contest #1 First Place (1) Best staff member 2013 (1) Easter Egg Hunt 2013 (1) Graphic Drawing Participant (1) 1 Year (1) 2 Years (1) 3 Years (1) 4 Years (1) 5 Years (1)
6 Years (1) 7 Years (1) 8 Years (1) Founder (1) Highest Rep (1) Referrer (1) Top poster (1) Facebook group (1) Pin-Board (1) Article Author (1)
Referrals: 27
Blog: View Blog (479)
Subject(s): Chinese, Math
Global Moderator
Admin
Moderator

Re: English is a strange language...

Post Number: #2  Postby Dr. Dimitri » September 3rd, 2011, 6:49 pm

Because Buick is a dipthong and quick isn't.
  • 0

User avatar
Dr. Dimitri
Future Doctor

Teacher
Stone
Stone
 
8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership
 
Posts: 72
Topics: 10
Joined: May 30th, 2011, 12:41 pm
Local time: November 14th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Last Visit: September 28th, 2012, 9:40 am
Location: Ohio
Gender: Male
Age: 27
Cash on hand: 151.78
Bank: 0.00
Reputation: 2
Medals: 1
Feedback Survey (1)
Blog: View Blog (0)
Subject(s): *Biology, Anatomy/Physiology, Concepts of Earth and Sciences*, French, US History, English

Re: English is a strange language...

Post Number: #3  Postby Jessica » September 3rd, 2011, 7:30 pm

a what?
  • 0

User avatar
Jessica
Board Owner
Topic Author

Founder
Sapphire
Sapphire
 
8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership
 
Posts: 3,470
Topics: 1,244
Articles: 30
Joined: December 22nd, 2010, 8:04 pm
Local time: November 14th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Last Visit: Today, 11:38 am
Location: Pennsylvania
Gender: Female
Cash on hand: 4,778.58
Bank: 145,579.08
Reputation: 148
Medals: 20
#1: July 2012 1st Place (1) R-Contest #1 First Place (1) Best staff member 2013 (1) Easter Egg Hunt 2013 (1) Graphic Drawing Participant (1) 1 Year (1) 2 Years (1) 3 Years (1) 4 Years (1) 5 Years (1)
6 Years (1) 7 Years (1) 8 Years (1) Founder (1) Highest Rep (1) Referrer (1) Top poster (1) Facebook group (1) Pin-Board (1) Article Author (1)
Referrals: 27
Blog: View Blog (479)
Subject(s): Chinese, Math
Global Moderator
Admin
Moderator

Re: English is a strange language...

Post Number: #4  Postby tomtiger11 » October 21st, 2011, 1:36 pm

Well same is to say of french, separate fords for different sex's???

Honestly, not needed...
  • 0

You know that person that has tons of friends, and more money than sense? Yea, I'm not that person... XD
tomtiger11
Computer Geek

Global Moderator
Onyx
Onyx
 
8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership
 
Posts: 192
Topics: 28
Joined: October 21st, 2011, 12:27 pm
Local time: November 14th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Last Visit: September 17th, 2018, 11:34 am
Gender: Male
Cash on hand: 552.28
Bank: 1,428.61
Reputation: 3
Medals: 5
1 Year (1) 2 Years (1) Feedback Survey (1) Facebook group (1) Pin-Board (1)
Blog: View Blog (3)
Teacher

Re: English is a strange language...

Post Number: #5  Postby James » October 24th, 2011, 5:59 am

Not as strange as French ^ I agree.

It's so complicated! Why do we need so much De's and Da's! :lol:
  • 0

Global Moderator and Teacher, James.
James

Global Moderator
Stone
Stone
 
8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership
 
Posts: 91
Topics: 12
Joined: October 24th, 2011, 5:49 am
Local time: November 14th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Last Visit: April 10th, 2013, 7:24 am
Gender: Other
Cash on hand: 6.31
Reputation: 0
Medals: 1
1 Year (1)
Blog: View Blog (1)
Subject(s): English, Home Economics, Football, Geography
Teacher


Return to English

Login  •  Register
cron
Reputation System ©'