English is the most illogical language

vandana7 By vandana7, 11th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are several words that do not make sense in English, but native English speakers do not question them like people following a religion do not question inconsistencies. I am going to highlight a few that amuse me.

Have you ever thought

Why a fat chance and slim chance is the same? Oh! But they mean the same thing.

However, this is not original stuff. I read this one somewhere. Like the difference between pronouncing do, go, to, no. Why, oh, why do English complicate the issue?

Budget, understand, humanitarian, etc.

From where did this word come? "Bud get". Bud could be a person and the command get may be to fetch something, which we don't know of course because it is truncated. May be a secret.

Now think of the word understand. Why do I have stand under whatever it is that is implied, when I understand whatever it is? I should be over standing it, after all I would have conquered that bit of ignorance, right?

And the word humanitarian. This is dangerous. We have vegetarian for those who eat vegetables, and non-vegetarian for those who do not. Humanitarian could be a sub class of non-vegetarianism, referring to those who eat humans. But no. That is not the way English goes. Instead, we have cannibalism there.

And what happens to cannibalizing parts of the cars? They turn into humans and the person cannibalizing those suddenly develops cravings for eating those.

Give me a break, English is tough with such tough and illogical words.

And Middleton confused me

I was watching Wimbledon tournament, and Duchess of Cambridge was there. Her name is fascinating. I mean no offense, but I would not want that surname. I do have a ton in the middle, but the Duchess does not. Why on earth does she not use her powers to change that name to Middletone? I would do that.

Together, issue

Now think deeply about the word "together".

If you were to type "to get her" and make a couple of typos, it would become together. Gender prejudice? Well, as long as it is anti-men, I can't be objecting.

And the word issue. Is Sue? Is Sue what?

Be come...that is grammatically wrong. Even I can tell.

But why come in become?

Logically, English does not make sense at all

We have many languages and they are difficult to learn too. But the ones that I am familiar with make sense. Therefore, if you learn the basics, and the foundation is good, vocabulary development becomes easy. English on the other hand is, English.

I apologize

This was not meant to hurt anybody's sentiments. It was just a view that non-native English speakers and writers have about this language and usage. May be not everybody, but some. We find it funny.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Jul 2015 (#)

Interesting take on English language Vandana and its quirks which could also be true of other languages. I know German has very long words.

I recall a story how an Indian vegetarian went to Africa and one senior government officer was introduced to him. The officer said " I am pleased to meet you, you are from the land of India and Nehru; he is a great humanist like we are. The Indian was lost for a while before answering - I am a strict vegetarian!

Place names can be funny too Middlesex brings a smile to me but has more meaning nowadays! siva

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
11th Jul 2015 (#)

I have been reading a book on this very subject. English has gone through many changes over the years in regards to spelling and pronunciations. Also they are great borrowers of words and then Anglicizing them. It makes for some very interesting combinations.

Names came from jobs, places, and relationships. Middleton was most likely Middletown at one point and was misunderstood and became Middleton. But since she is now married to the Prince and is a Princess herself, it is no longer her last name...and should not be used.

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author avatar vandana7
15th Jul 2015 (#)

I accept that explanation for Middleton. :) But as outsiders, it is tough for us to understand why the language has such inconsistencies. lol

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author avatar Carol Roach
11th Jul 2015 (#)

yes I wrote several articles along those lines. Our language is a mixture of many languages actually

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
11th Jul 2015 (#)

Yes English can be a funny old language, but you must remember that many words come from different sources, old and middle English, Saxon, from the rule of the Angles, Norse, then of course the Norman invasion and each had their impact on the language, in addition French was the language of the aristocracy till the 18th century and we imported words from ancient Greek and Latin. You look at two words that seem almost to have the same root and when you look into their origins you find they are not even related. This is by the way part of the origin of the complication of plural words that do not have an "s" - you can have many pieces, and many deer but only one attracts the "s".

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author avatar Ptrikha
13th Jul 2015 (#)

Since English derived words from many langauges including Hindi, Arabic, Japanese and many more and has evolved over a period of time, there are many rules and ways of writing that is quite complex. E.g- Stationary or stationery, advice or advise. Yet, its fun at times also.

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author avatar vandana7
15th Jul 2015 (#)

Yes. Plurals are also confusing. Very confusing.

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author avatar Ptrikha
13th Jul 2015 (#)

I found Norman Lewis' book on English Grammar where he discussed the origins of many English words as a
great help.

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