94. The English language
The creative human race, which isn’t a race, invented the English language.
Learning this language can be pretty confusing, I realized this when I was helping an international student with her English, she was trying to find the word for when you have the sniffles.
“You would say, ‘my nose is running'”, I said.
“Running? Like *makes running motions* running?”, she asked.
But then again, think about it. A lot of things are weird like that: our feet smell, and our noses run.
- Pineapples don’t grow on pine trees and they aren’t apples.
- Hamburgers don’t have ham.
- “I read.” Wait, did you read or .. do you read? Ahh what do you mean?!
- We ship by truck, and send cargo by ship.
- A slim chance and a fat chance are the same thing.
- Wise guy and wise man are opposites.
- Your alarm turns on by going off.
- When the stars are out they are visible, but when your lights are out, you can’t see them.
- You fill out a form by filling it in.
- A house can burn down as it burns up.
- A boxing ring isn’t circle-shaped.
- Quicksand isn’t quick.
- Vegetarians eat vegetables, but humanitarians don’t eat humans. Why?!
- “Bass” is a clef, an instrument, a voice, and a fish.
- Words like “Run” and “Make” can have over 500 definitions.
- Bandage wound around the wound.
- Wind your kite because of the wind.
- Row of men learning to row.
- The dove dove.
- You can produce produce.
- We polish Polish furniture.
- The English Language (dickiebo.wordpress.com)