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A Strange Language - ENGLISH
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10.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 08:27 pm

 

Quoting mhsn supertitiz

 

 

because poles are not called polands and germans are not called germanys. is it that hard to understand this?Big smile

 

 I would still like to call you a Turkey......can´t you just let me???  PLZZZZZZZZZZZZRoll eyes

11.       mhsn supertitiz
518 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 08:43 pm

 

Quoting Elisabeth

 

 

 I would still like to call you a Turkey......can´t you just let me???  PLZZZZZZZZZZZZRoll eyes

 

that`s fine, and don`t worry, I won`t call you an "Am" for the sake of courtesy. I`m such a gentleman.<img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)

12.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 08:51 pm

 

Quoting mhsn supertitiz

 

 

that`s fine, and don`t worry, I won`t call you an "Am" for the sake of courtesy. I`m such a gentleman.<img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)

 

 You´re courtesy is overwhelming!Shy<img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)

13.       teaschip
3870 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 08:57 pm

 

Quoting Elisabeth

 

 

 I would still like to call you a Turkey......can´t you just let me???  PLZZZZZZZZZZZZRoll eyes

 

 I think we should call them Turkeys.....<img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)  But then again you know what we do to Turkeys..Big smile

14.       mhsn supertitiz
518 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 09:09 pm

 

Quoting teaschip

 

 

 I think we should call them Turkeys.....<img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)  But then again you know what we do to Turkeys..Big smile

 

and do you know what we do to ... ehm (I won`t use the word again) <img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)

15.       deli
5904 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 09:29 pm

Shy 

Quoting mhsn supertitiz

 

 

if people from Finland are called Fins, why aren`t people from America called "Ams". that would sound even funnier in Turkish<img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)

 

 

16.       Trudy
7887 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 10:33 pm

 

Quoting mhsn supertitiz

 

 

if people from Finland are called Fins, why aren`t people from America called "Ams". that would sound even funnier in Turkish<img src='/static/images/smileys//lol.gif' alt='lol'> (fast)

 

 I know what you mean, I guess not all do. Why don´t you explain? Or don´t you dare to do so? Laugh at

17.       mhsn supertitiz
518 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 11:01 pm

 

Quoting Trudy

 

 

 I know what you mean, I guess not all do. Why don´t you explain? Or don´t you dare to do so? Laugh at

 

not everybody has to understand everything Big smile

18.       Trudy
7887 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 11:59 pm

 

Quoting mhsn supertitiz

 

 

not everybody has to understand everything Big smile

 

 Translation: ´I do have a big mouth but I´m too chicken to explain my previous words´. lol lol

19.       hedef
363 posts
 06 Aug 2009 Thu 11:59 pm

 

Quoting AlphaF

We´ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Then shouldn´t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn´t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

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.


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?
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 folks who grew up speaking English
should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?


We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And 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.


And, in closing, if Father is Pop,  how come Mother´s not Mop?

AND IF PEOPLE FROM POLAND ARE CALLED POLES THEN PEOPLE FROM HOLLAND SHOULD BE HOLES AND THE GERMANS, GERMS...

 

 great post . it really made me smile. Although i am not a native English speaker but I lived in England for I while during my childhood. So I take the language for granted, and never thought of it in this very nice , well presented funney rhyming way.

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