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English Language Oddities

By Edited Jun 7, 2016 0 1

There are plenty of English Language oddities out there. How is it that so many words can be spelled the same, but mean different things?

What do you mean I'm mean?

The wound was wound tightly with bandages.

Don't tie that tie like that!

The wind will wind that rope up if you're not careful.

Remember the dove that dove into the lake?

I shed a tear when I saw the tear in my shirt.

That bass has a sticker of a bass on it. It's down by the base.

There are so many oddities in the English Language that just don't make sense. How can words be pronounced exactly the same way, but be spelled differently? We've already established bass and base as the oddities of the English Language, but what are some of the others?

There's no way to know.

The air he blew was blue.

You'll see the knight late at night.

I see the sea.

What's the right way to write the letter?

What's the right way to weigh whey? Wow, that's a threesome with oddities of the English Language.

I'm not going to read the red book, I already read it. Come to think of it, how can read be a future, present and past tense? Tread can become treaded. Shouldn't read become readed? According to my college professor, it just doesn't work that way. It's just another of the oddities of the English Language.

Some of the other oddities of the English Language can be explained in a game called rhyme time. Ugh, the end the same way, but all have to be spelled differently.

Know - Dough - Go

Tree - Tea- Deputy

Play - Grey - Weigh - Whey

The oddities of the English Language make it very difficult to understand.

Some of the oddities of the English language are on similar lines. How do you spell the word when you clearly hear an F sound?

Is it if, or is it cough. Why doesn't cough get pronounced the same way as though? They end the same way. The oddities of the English language are just too much to understand at times.

That leads me to another thing about the oddities of the English language. How come we have these rules, if they just aren't correct? I think I learned most of them in grade school, and the teacher told me they would always help me out.

I before E expect after C, or when sounded like A as in neighbor or weigh. It's weird that weird doesn't get spelled that way, isn't it? I guess it's just another of the oddities of the English Language. Remind me to write my teacher a note.

There are too many oddities in the English Language for me to understand. I'm going to demand a refund from my teachers.

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Jul 10, 2010 8:48pm
x3xsolxdierx3x
Great article, Jason! Thanks!
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