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"A little hodge-podge about some words in the English language and why they can be so daunting to foreigners, small children, native speakers, farm animals, etc. (In response to an author's challenge)"
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Why doesn't the word "phonetic" sound the way it is spelled? I mean, I thought phonics was supposed to be based on the way words sound. So, why isn't it called "fonetix," or at least, "fonetics"?
it existed in another language other than English
as a test, to see how many people are actually paying attention
no one really knows
to keep confusion down
Why did some people in the U.S. start eating "freedom fries" and "freedom toast" just after the turn of the 21st century?
because they were honoring the Civil Rights era with reenactments
in support of the former French colony of Algiers
as a protest to France
to help purchase medical supplies for citizens of Iraq
That's weird... Remember the old "I before e except after c" thingie that you learned in school?
Luckily, the word "weird" is the only exception to that rule.
I was wondering why people of other nationalities have such difficulty understanding English.
Though I hiccough and cough, a thoroughly original thought breaks through: "the bough is tough."
As these -ough words show, the same letters may not always be pronounced the same way. In fact, two words can look exactly alike, yet be pronounced differently. What is the name for such a pair of words?
an antonym or antipode
a homograph or heteronym
a contranym or contronym
a homonym or homophone
Well, I always kind of liked the music of the rock group, Queen.
Nowadays, though, a queen can mean a slightly, or not-so-slightly, effeminate male or it can still mean a lady of royalty.
But, tell me, what on earth is a "quean"?
an ocean worthy vessel
a barking dog
See if you can go the nut-farm figuring this one out:
Flammable means able to catch fire easily, and so does inflammable.
"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," at 35 letters, is the shortest sentence in the English language that uses every letter of the alphabet.
Hey. Do you like those little rubbery gummy bears that are so popular with kids? There are other shapes and names nowadays, but the original was the Gummi Bear. In what year and from what country did these chewy candies originate?
1965 - Great Britain
1959 - Canada
1922 - Germany
1944 - United States
Those who work in the automotive industry as well as others, may be familiar with the term "robotics" or mechanical robots. We get the word "robot" from which of the following venues?
a thought process
English grammar can be quite confusing to those attempting to learn it as a second language.
Heck, those of us who attempt to use it as a first language ain't doin' so hot with it, either sometimes, (case in point).
Anyway, the word grammar comes into our language from which OTHER language(s)?
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