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What’s up with the English language

What’s up with the English language

For regular blog followers you may have noticed I have not been blogging lately! Life has been busy and there has been no time for a regular blog. Now I am busy getting ready for Christmas.  I am decorating our tree today and other household chores. Earlier this morning I completed my lady-in-waiting duties for the “Princess Chickens” Carmella and Lucy. They love living at our place and we love living with chickens. Bread is baking and the kitchen is tidy – a good start to the day.

A picture speaks without words

I received the following information from family yesterday. It reminded me how quirky the English language. Secondly, explaining the English language to a person, when this is not their native language, can be difficult. This is before we even get to Aussie Slang!  To start with you can ruminate on points 1-20. If you want more just click on the link to the Huffington Post below.

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Around 375 million people speak English. That’s a lot of us getting confused, from time to time, with the English language.

Click here on the HUFFPOST article by Paul Anthony Jones if you want to read more about the incongruity of the English language.



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