Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,278 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
imported post

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,
Why 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?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,253 Posts
imported post

The Chinese also say that the Americans are crazy people too..We boil our tea to make it hot and strong, then we add water to make it weaker, cream to make it lighter, sugar to make it sweet, add lemon to make it bitter, then add sugar to make it sweet ?????...Go figure....

Claude....
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,882 Posts
imported post

plural of caboose.... cabeese
if mouse becomes mice.... do dice become douse?

any all y'all might get it write opps right
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,765 Posts
imported post

rcmatt007 wrote:
plural of caboose.... cabeese
if mouse becomes mice.... do dice become douse?

any all y'all might get it write opps right
Dice is plual for die.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,947 Posts
imported post

82gl1100iwingman wrote:
Dice is plual for die.
Then wouldn't 9 mice minus 8 become a Mie?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,847 Posts
imported post

forget about plurals what about all the words that sound the same but spelt diferent, or spelt the same and have diferent meanings, or spelt the same and pronounced differently.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
62,959 Posts
imported post

Pinkpork
you're right English is in deed a crazy language, and you guys started it............
 

·
Just one of the guys
Joined
·
4,805 Posts
imported post

derekhendry wrote:
forget about plurals what about all the words that sound the same but spelt diferent, or spelt the same and have diferent meanings, or spelt the same and pronounced differently.
Did you read about the red man who read the book while sitting among the reeds?



Pretty nutty language, no doubt about it.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
620 Posts
imported post

DougW wrote:


Did you read about the red man who read the book while sitting among the reeds?



Pretty nutty language, no doubt about it.
I see said the blind man too his deaf dog :stumped::baffled:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
412 Posts
imported post

wingwarrior wrote:
I see said the blind man too his deaf dog :stumped::baffled:
or...

I see, said the blind carpenter to his deaf dog as he picked up his hammer and saw.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top