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December 30, 2009

English Language...

What do you make of this little lot, little.... lot.... Ha! Ha! Ha!
When you have 'read' to the end , you'll be 'wound' up and 'red' faced...
'Read' all the way to the end... ...read/read... ...oh dear!

This took a lot of work to put together!!!
You think English is easy???
Understatement of the year!!!

01) The bandage was wound around the wound.
02) The farm was used to produce produce .
03) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
04) We must polish the Polish furniture.
05) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
06) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
07) Since there is no time like the present,
      he thought it was time to present the present .
08) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
09) 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 rom 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?
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?
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'?

I bet U R Glad U R not an English Teacher!!!!!


  1. Oh my Goodness. This was very humerus and disturbing at the same time. Another one is why do people park their cars in Drive ways, but drive on parkways? lol. Hit the bat with a bat. lol. The English language is the hardest one to learn is an understatement of the year. (decade) Like using the English measuring systems. Mile vs. Kilometer. Everything is simpler with the metric system. 1 KM = 1000 meters, while 1 mile is 5280 feet. Geeeesh! THe list goes on and on. Great Post! made me think today.

  2. Yes, the English Language is Very Rough to learn! They make things so complicated! But for us who were born into the English Language, it wasn't easy or hard - it just was... Now, once you have English under your belt as your ONLY Language, try learning Chinese or Japanese! Every other language seems So Much Harder to learn!


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