Wednesday, March 31, 2010

English is a crazy and fun language

There's no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger.
English muffins wern't invented in England or french fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.


The English language and all its mysteries and complications.....how are such things possible? If i came here fresh from Pandora or other far away land i don't think i could ever learn it.  I've always lived here and spoken it but still don't know it as well as some. Then writing and 2 finger typing it is yet another thing. We won't even get into pronounciation, differences between Canadian/American and British nor meanings in different parts of the world, etc. but then again, maybe we will!

I wonder about things such as when the baby of english speaking parents starts to speak and he says "ma ma" or "da da", what does a Chinese, Russian or Dutch baby say? 
Or Swedish or Japanese, lol.
It seems to me that ma ma and da da must be the universal baby language, is it not?  Or does he say "ju ju" or whatever to start speaking the language of his parents? (excuse me if "ju ju" is a bad word somewhere) Also excuse me for mis-spellings, if i use apostrophies, commas, brackets etc. wrongly such as for a period,

I've spent days surfing around after finding my first word blog and it made me feel, well, happy! I had no idea of how many of these types of blogs even existed until i started looking for them. Most are really humorous and all are very real.  I've probably seen only a few but enjoy this sort of thing so well that i'll keep looking, reading, and maybe even learning.  Despite my limited education my english isn't purfek and neither is my spellink.

How are things like these possible?

The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.

The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

We must polish the Polish furniture.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

Since there's no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

I did not object to the object.

The insurance was invalid to the invalid.

There was a row amongst the oarsmen about how to row.

They were too close to the door to close it.

The buck does funny things when the does are present.

A steamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

To help with planting the farmer taught his sow to sow.

The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

Upon seeing a tear in the painting, i shed a tear.

I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

How can i intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Here's some of my favourites and each have links to more fun.

http://stanhoffer2-0.blogspot.com/
http://thatspunny.blogspot.com/
http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/
http://www.englishfailblog.com/
http://horriblelicenseplates.blogspot.com/
http://www.unfortunateacronyms.com/
http://www.pungents.com/
http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/

3 comments:

Me....bunny said...

This was fun! German chocolate cake is not German...German is the name of the American man who invented this type of chocolate..lol

tootles,
bunny

Lorraina said...

*lol* i didn't know that. I used to know a German lady who offered me a piece of her German chocolate cake. I guess i was hesitant and she coaxed me "its REAL German chocolate!" I guess she didn't know. I hope she never finds out cuz she was mighty proud of German chocolate.

Lalala said...

Chinese babies say "Mama" "Baba".... I think they just repeat whatever they are told to say. haha.