1.5/12  21 Examples Why The English Language Is So Hard To


From:    ka2cxj@webtv.net
Date:    Tue, May 15, 2001, 4:29pm (PDT+3) Subject:    21 Examples Why The English Language Is So Hard To Learn

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, she 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. After a number of injections my jaw got number.

19. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?



Let's face it --

--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.


But if we explore the paradoxes of English, we find that quicksand can work
slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor
is it a pig.


If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth?


One goose,2 geese.So one moose,2 meese?


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 a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?


In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?


Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?


Have noses that run and feet that smell?


Park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?


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 down while everything inside burns up.


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