Friday, April 20, 2007

Help! I'm Learning English!

Have you ever wondered why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?

Let's face it: English is a confusing language.

There is no egg in the eggplant -- no ham in the hamburger.

There is neither pine nor apple in the pineapple.

English muffins were not invented in England. French fries were not invented in France.

We sometimes take English for granted. But if we examine its paradoxes, we find that quicksand takes you down slowly; boxing rings are square; And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

If writers write, how come fingers don't fing?

If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth?

If the teacher taught, why didn't the preacher praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what the heck does a humanitarian eat!?

Why do people recite at a play, yet play at a recital? Why park on driveways and drive on parkways?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language where a house can burn up as it burns down -- and in which you fill in a form by filling it out.

English was invented by people, not computers, so it reflects the creativity of the human race(Which of course isn't a race at all). That is why when the stars are out they are visible; but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And it is true that when I wind up my watch, it starts, but when I wind up this observation, it ends.


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