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THURSDAY THIRTEEN

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How to meow and not to miou in English
I have 13 questions about the English language :

1) Why One tooth, two teeth and not toothes, or one foot, and not two foots but feet ?

2) Why is one goose two geese and why not booth and beeth or moose and meese ?

3) Why is cargo by ship ?

4) why do you ship by truck and not truck by truck ?

5) Why are boxing rings square

6. Why something can burn up as it burns down ?

7. Why do you have a slim chance and a fat chance

8. Why do you fill in a form by filling it out

9. Why does an alarm goes off by going on.

10. Why did teachers taught, and preachers not praught

11. Why is a hedgehog a pig ? and even of a hedge ?

12. Wy do you say eggplant and there is no egg in it

13 Why guinea pig ? It is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

toothes or teeth ?

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25 comments:

damozel said...

You know what, those are excellent questions and I don't know the answer to a one of them. When I was a kid, I always said "tooths" instead of "teeth", which made my mom crazy, and also "mooses" and "deers."

None of it makes a lick of sense. (Why a lick? I do not know).

MommyBa said...

You bet! The English language is quite complex and a lot of times, hard to comprehend. I don't know where they come up with that but if I may add to your questions, why is a pineapple neither a pine or an apple? Weird isn't it?

Great idea for a TT this week! And I hope someone from Webster or Oxford will be able to answer our questions.

Happy Thursday!

scribbit said...

You're just full of deep thoughts!

Pamela said...

their, there, they're, !!!!

Gabrielle said...

"the answer is blowing in the wind..."

hehe

thanks for stopping by, gattina!

mar said...

just to make our life harder...LOL, great list, Gattina!!!
The English language still has to learn we don't take a siesta, we "sleep" a siesta :)

Robin said...

You've asked questions that have baffled English speaking children for years. Here's another - why do you park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?

Carmen said...

Robin stole my answer! Park on a driveway and all that. ;)

Tink said...

Yeah, great questions! Languages don't have a lot of logic in them... :-)
Thanks for visiting my TT!

Darla said...

It's all part of a plot to keep non-native speakers (as well as small children) on their toes.

Why "on their toes," by the way? There are more weird things about English than you can shake a stick at--an expression that has been puzzling me for some time, because, clearly, you can shake a stick at quite a lot of things. LOL

whenn said...

Haha! A person never really thinks of these stupid rules of language! Thank you for making me think about it! :)

Melli said...

I blame it on the "melting pot"! So many cultures all coming together to confuse each other in one place! Call it America! And then tell me please.... why is it COOL to be HOT!?

FelineFrisky said...

English is a torturous language to learn. Not easy at all.

Pookie looks so confident in her pose! Such a sweetie! D :)

colleen said...

I've asked myself these same questions and the answer is "don't ask." It's a funny language, changing all the time. Blog is now in the dictionary.

Missy said...

Ah, an interesting question. The answer may lie in the fact that English derived from another language. The biggest influences on the English language are German and French. English is in fact a Germanic language but for a time, French was the language of England and many of their words mixed with the English words... Sorry, the subject is too in depth and complicated for me to do it justice. I encourage everyone to do some research and learn some of the words that were inflenced by other languages.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

how about an apartment? they are all together, right? or a highway? it's on the ground.

smiles, bee

TopChamp said...

They're not all English... don't blame us. A few of those are exclusively American (Eggplant and Filling Out a form... we fill it in in the UK).

Perhaps you can do one for other European oddness in language soon too as you are so good at so many languages!

We're in the middle of cat acquisition - hopefully should be the proud 'owners' of a giant ginger tom cat next week... Fingers crossed (explain why we cross our fingers for luck if you will...?)

Barbara said...

I love these questions! We are a strange lot, aren't we! :)

Check out my TT.

she said...

LOL! What a wonderful list of questions. We tend to call multiple mice "meese" around here ;)

Sanni said...

*LOL* - I have asked myself most of those questions again and again =)

TeaMouse said...

That makes me laugh! We do have some strange language issues....lol!

Kimo & Sabi said...

Why isn't it scissor instead of scissors? When you gets more than one beer, why isn't it beers? This English language is most confusing, even to us cats!

Kuanyin said...

Here I am...on my Thursday and your Friday...I always show up, sometimes late and sometimes early as I managed to do on TT this week! These dates and times are just as hard to understand as your questions! :-)

Rims said...

LOL this was cool...there are some more jokes that goes around in here...
When B-U-T is said as 'buht' then why is P-U-T not 'Puht' but is 'poot'

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Cheers!

Captain Lifecruiser said...

PHew! I'm having a hard time trying to comment on your blogs. First neither Internet Explorer or Firefox would let me comment, the comment window was so narrow that I couldn't see what to write and not fill in the blog address either. Then right now suddenly I can comment via Internet Explorer... STill problem with Firefox which is the browser I normally use.
Maybe it's some of the add-ons that I have installed in my browsers that made the problems. One of them I have on both browsers. We'll see if it keep making problems.

Or maybe it's Blogger that's having these problems with random users. It has happened similar things before.

Those are some very good questions, there really are a bunch of them. I wonder if anyone acatually can answer them? *s*