Our Quirky Language – Episode # 3
There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren’t invented in England, nor French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies, while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
Quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
Writers write, but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce, and hammers don’t ham. If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? It’s one goose, two geese. So one moose, two meese? We can make amends, but can we make an amend?
If we have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do we call it?
If teachers taught, did preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? People recite at a play and play at a recital. Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
Your house can burn up as it burns down. We fill out a form by filling in the information.
An alarm goes off by going on.
English reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. . . That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
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