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November 15, 2007

Do you really think English is an easy language to learn? This observation transcends to poetry.

Let’s face it
English is a stupid language.
There is no egg in the eggplant
No ham in the hamburger
And 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?
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
And a bell is only heard once it goes!
English was invented by people, not computers
And 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 why it is that when I wind up my watch
It starts
But when I wind up this observation
It ends.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2007 7:50 am

    can i use that in a training this morning?

  2. Tim permalink*
    November 17, 2007 5:33 am

    I knew you’d dig it Charlie. Of course, use away, my friend.

  3. November 17, 2007 10:09 am

    So we did. They loved it.

  4. May 29, 2008 4:34 am

    Excellent. Still easier than French. Went from zero to native in just five years. (And didn’t start speaking English until I was 13.) 😉

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