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What's up with English?

I mean, really.

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Lo these many years I've wondered about the English language. Questions have come to mind like, "Why is you so hard, English?" "Why must I take a subject called you every year until I graduate high school?" and "Why can we just all speak Esperanto and get it over with?"

But the biggest bone I have to pick with the English language is the strange nature of some of its words.

I'm talking about that curious phenomenon whereby you speak, write or see a word several times in a short period of time and the word becomes gibberish. You swear it's misspelled. You've never seen it before. It becomes loathsome to you.

Latest example: embassy.

It must be French. Yeah, that's the problem.

Posted by kevindhodges 10:14 Archived in USA Tagged language

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I remember that feeling...Awhile back the word "prairie" looked strange to me...couldn't remember how to spell it...it looked wrong to me. Talk to you soon.

by Kim C.

It IS a strange word. I'm convinced that most of these "strange" words are of French origin and the jarring part is all the vowels jumbled together. Both Spanish and German are pretty straight-forward--I can't imagine a Spanish spelling bee.

by kevindhodges

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