More Crazy English

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 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? 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?


karen x

This is sooooo good, I’ve printed it out and am taking it to my French class as we (brits) are always going on how French is such a terrible language to understand, but if you just thnk about English - well, there you go…!!

Is Kendal Mintcake really a cake ??

My BIL is german and although his english is very good he still remarks on the bunch of sheeps that are in the fields.

You made me laugh, Lyn, thankyou!

I’ll have to think of some more…when I’ve had a snooze ( now I wonder where that word came from?! )


Very good. i’ve got loads of jokes, i’ll have to see if i can find them cause i can’t remember them.

he THREW the ball THROUGH the window