Monday, March 15, 2010

Beauty of English

Just think about it......very interesting.


We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Then shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren't invented in England ..We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a
guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English could be running the danger of being called verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on.


Cik Renex said...

like this article..


lionel0008 said...


Really thought provoking.

I never thought of English that way before.

Tony Wan said...

lol! very funny but true. Thx for sharing

Unknown said...


..and the fact you built them with ryhmes..just lovely!!!

Tekkaus said...

English is so damn difficult. I am still trying to get the hang of it. :p

Samuel said...

english is...a funny language as

dblchin (double chin) said...

yes! this post is awesome! impressed & crack me up at the same time.

Anis Zahorin said...

hoho English is the best subject lar

erwinator said...

It is quite complex and yet we still remember use the correct words like second nature to us. :-D

I read the same article in my English book back in college. hehe

rAy jR...@...Aliff said...

perghhh...hang mmg pejuang bhsa inggrs..hahaha..bgus2...

erkkk...its the beauty of the language that we're looking into..its not how we master it, but how we enjoy pronouncing it..hahaha

Unknown said...

@Ray Jr....

ala bukan penjuang bahasa Inggeris pun,SPM 1119 pun hampeh...cuma bila terjumpa petikan ni rasa sesuai untuk dikongsi....

NAB's Gallery said...

I Loike! yg nk kena pang ni...shh!! tumpang lalu~~~

fakhruddin said...

mind boggling! @_@

Aiza Abd Rahman said...

i loikee english!!!


board said...

this is excellent! i am so loving this article, promise!

Patresa said...

I like this article too !~ =) funny but it's true~~