Fun Fridays – June 15, 2012 – Weird English Language Quirks

Fun Fridays – June 15, 2012

Weird English Language Quirks

What is another word for “thesaurus”?

Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable?

If a book about failure doesn’t sell, is it a success?

Did you know that “verb” is a noun?

If there are typos in a dictionary, how would you know?

A novelist once wrote, “He sat with his head in his hands and his eyes on the floor.” [Think about that for a second.]

Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

Have you experienced requited love?

Why is the word abbreviation so long?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

If two mouses are mice and two louses are lice, why aren’t two houses hice?

Is there another word for a synonym?

Have you ever said, “The present is a good time to present the present?”

Shouldn’t there be a shorter word for “monosyllabic”?

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”?

We say something is out of whack. What is a whack?

14 Responses to Fun Fridays – June 15, 2012 – Weird English Language Quirks

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    JennyM June 15, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    What drives me batty is when people say “I took the frozen steak out of the freezer to dethaw it.”

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      Susan Baganz June 15, 2012 at 4:36 am #

      What about a “near miss?” Wouldn’t that be a hit? Or why do we often say “hot water heater?” Hot water doesn’t really need to be heated does it?

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        JennyM June 15, 2012 at 5:14 am #

        Or “fall down”. Where else are we going to fall? UP?

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        Timothy Fish June 15, 2012 at 9:28 am #

        Jenny M,

        Of course we must say “fall down”. That way, it doesn’t sound funny when we “jump up.”

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        JennyM June 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

        Oh Timothy, clearly you’ve never danced. Unless you want to prove it. Post some photos on your blog…which I follow BTW.
        Go for it!

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    Laurie Alice Eakes June 15, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    I especially like the humanitarian one.

    The word that gets me is indefatigable. Isn’t that a deouble negative? Kind of like irregardless.

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    Lorraine Baldus June 15, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    This was fun to read. It really gets you thinking about the English language.

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    Jeanne June 15, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    “If a book about failure doesn’t sell, is it a success?” This one cracked me up. 🙂

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    Ruth Douthitt June 15, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    I can’t imagine what it must be like to come from another country and learn the English language….ugh!

    Thanks for this. It was fun!

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    Peter DeHaan June 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Isn’t English a wonderful language?

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    sally apokedak June 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Fun post.

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    Jill June 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    There was a “ghost word” in the dictionary… “dord.” It was added when a mistake was made when reading over entries to be added. The entry said “D or d” for density, but was read “Dord” and added to the third edition of the New International dictionary. After it had been printed for several years it was eventually removed. ^.^

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    Brad Huebert June 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Right. And a house can burn up, burn down, and burn out.


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