Food for Thought

Oleh BudakNakal
26-Jun-2003 14:48
Lets face it: English is a stupid language

There is no egg in an eggplant, no ham in a hamburger and neither pine nor apple in a pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England, French fries were not invented in France.

Sometimes, we take English forgranted. If we examine English more closely, we find that quicksand takes you down slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from New Guinea nor is it a pig.

If writers write, why do fingers not fing. If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth? 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. English was invented by the human race (which of course isn't a race at all!)

More food for 'thought':

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?

If horrific means something is horrible, does terrific mean something is terrible?

Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?



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