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Old 09-09-2004, 22:56   #1 (permalink)
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Amusing ambiguities in the english language

English is a Silly Language!

Lets face it, English is a stupid 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 does a humanitarian eat!?
Why do people recite at a play
Yet play at a recital?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy
Of a language where a house can burn up as
It burns down
And 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 poem
it ends?

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Old 09-09-2004, 23:41   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Amusing ambiguities in the english language

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English is a Silly Language!
What do you expect from the same empire that gave us the imperial measuring system!
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Re: Amusing ambiguities in the english language

Otto from the simpsons "How come fingers don't fing? Whoa! there they go..."
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Hehe...I like it.

So true though.
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If quizzes are "quizzical" then what does this make tests ?
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If quizzes are "quizzical" then what does this make tests ?
D'oh! I nearly came out with it.. must get sleep...
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They call them fingers but I don't see them finging.
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What do you expect from the same empire that gave us the imperial measuring system!
Imperial!
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