Isn't English Wonderful??

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by MRSH, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    Did you know that "verb" is a noun?
    How can you look up words in a dictionary if you can't spell them?
    If a word is misspelled in a dictionary, how would we ever know?
    If two mouses are mice and two louses are lice, why aren't two houses hice?
    If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
    If you wrote a letter, perhaps you bote your tongue?
    If you've read a book, you can reread it. But wouldn't this also mean that you would have to "member" somebody in order to remember them?
    In Chinese, why are the words for crisis and opportunity the same?
    Is it a coincidence that the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable?
    Is there another word for a synonym?
    Shouldn't there be a shorter word for "monosyllabic"?
    What is another word for "thesaurus"?
    Where do swear words come from?
    Why can't you make another word using all the letters in "anagram"?
    Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
    Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
    Why do people use the word "irregardless"?
    Why do some people type "cool" as "kewl?"
    Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?
    Why do we say something's out of order when its broken but we never say in of order when it works?
    Why does "cleave" mean both split apart and stick together?
    Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
    Why does flammable and inflammable mean the same thing?
    Why does the Chinese ideogram for trouble symbolize two women living under one roof?
    Why does X stand for a kiss and O stand for a hug?
    Why doesn't "onomatopoeia" sound like what it is?
    Why don't we say "why" instead of "how come"?
    Why is "crazy man" an insult, while to insert a comma and say "Crazy, man!" is a compliment?
    Why are a wise man and wise guy opposites?
    Why is abbreviation such a long word?
    Why is dyslexic so hard to spell?
    Why is it so hard to remember how to spell MNEMONIC?
    Why is it that no word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple?
    Why is it that the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary?
    Why is it that we recite at a play and play at a recital?
    Why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
    Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?
    Why is the plural of goose-geese, and not the plural of moose-meese?
    Why isn't "palindrome" spelled the same way backwards?
    Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?
  2. kate_the_horn

    kate_the_horn New Member

    guliable is in the dictionary!
    im not falling for that one!

    k x
  3. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

  4. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    That one actually is fairly logical: think of getting (or being) in bed, you then have to get out of bed.
  5. IckleSop

    IckleSop Active Member

  6. Big Twigge

    Big Twigge Active Member

    Why is there such a big emphasis on spelling when apparently, as long as the words begin and start with the correct letter and have the other letters in any order, we can read it anyway :-?
  7. cornetgirl

    cornetgirl Active Member

    Spelling????? Who said good spelling was compulsory round here? :shock:

    Rach x
  8. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    umm . . . begin and end with the correct letter?

    'cause begin and start would be synonymous . . .
  9. Big Twigge

    Big Twigge Active Member

    whoops! I would say I was just testing...but that would be a lie
  10. euphfanhan

    euphfanhan Member

    and then there are words like tear and tear...if you get what I mean. And in German euphonium and baritone are the same word.
  11. drum_chick_sj

    drum_chick_sj Member

    One that really confuses me is depressed, (not the feeling). It was in the nationals test piece.

    Apparently a depressed pedal/button/whatever you want, is the same as a pressed pedal. Wouldn't the de- infront make it mean the opposite like in compose and decompose?

    :-( :-? :confused: :dunno
  12. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    Why do some people type "cool" as "kewl?"
    Cos thats how they pronounce it.Or cos they just cant spell.Or to annoy parents and teachers.
  13. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    How about this one for perculiar english.

    ghoti spells fish

    gh as in enough
    o as in women
    ti as in education
  14. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Lol, what a strange language we speak! :shock:
  15. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    Agree! You do speak a strange language!

    Diolch yn fawr! ;)
  16. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Non! Je pense que la franc(,)ais est la plus bien! :)