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English Language Oddities

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger.

No does a pineapple contain any apples.english dictionary

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.

If we explore the paradoxes of the English language, we find

  • quicksand works slowly
  • boxing rings are square
  • guinea pigs are not from Guinea and not pigs

Why do 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 odd that you can make amends but not one amend.

In the English language, 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, then don’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 uniqueness of the English language where:

  • your house burns up as it burns down
  • you fill in a form by filling it out
  • an alarm goes off by going on
  • when the stars are out they are visible
  • when the lights are out they are invisible.
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