Blessed be those who didn't have to go through the trouble of learning English. Some might say that learning Japanese or Icelandic might be the most difficult task out there, but even the most complicated aspects of those languages have some kind of logic behind them. English, on the other hand, has some truly nonsensical characteristics to it and a plethora of arbitrary rules.

Those with English as their native language never have to consciously work through the kinks of spelling out Wednesday or why writers write, but fingers don't fing and grocers don't groce. Learning English as a secondary language is a real minefield once you figure out the basics and step into more specific areas. And these people decided to point some of the most confusing things out there to prove their point. English is a weird language and at times makes absolutely no sense, especially for a language that is so widespread.

#1

English-Language-Logic-No-Sense

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Orillion
Community Member
10 months ago

Who's up for the defenestration of Donald Trump. I say we do it overmorrow.

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#2

English Nonsense

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Lilli
Community Member
10 months ago

*mind blown*

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To be fair, many linguists would easily find a logical answer to most of the problems presented in these messages, as English language has a lot of nuances (like words being borrowed from Latin and Greek, or the fact that some words had their origins lost or they ceased to be used in spoken language). However, that doesn't mean that they still don't fail to confuse people trying to learn the language, as even the most sound explanation might seem nonsensical when the original problem could be solved by, well... changing the language? Ah, let's leave this for the linguists to figure out and non-native speakers to be confused about, right?

#3

English Nonsense

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HANS
Community Member
10 months ago

You just ruined the ending for me!

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#4

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Chicken Pox
Community Member
10 months ago

This is genius!

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#5

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
10 months ago

Oh shit.

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#6

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SykesDaMan
Community Member
10 months ago

It took me a while to remember which one is positive and which one is negative between horriffic and terrfic...

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#7

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Lilli
Community Member
10 months ago

I feel you dude

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#8

English Nonsense

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Kaisu
Community Member
10 months ago

This is definitely really interesting!

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#9

English Nonsense

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Carson Skjerdal
Community Member
10 months ago

That is incredible ha ha

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#10

English Nonsense

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So Dou
Community Member
10 months ago

We have the exact same word in french and with the same meaning ... others meaning too ;)

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#11

English Nonsense

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Yoel Schvarcz
Community Member
10 months ago

In french it's called Double-V

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#12

English Nonsense

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Kaisu
Community Member
10 months ago

English pronunciation was invented by Satan

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#13

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Full Name
Community Member
10 months ago

What profession is a handyman in then?

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#14

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Artex Gorilla
Community Member
10 months ago

Brits also use 'Quite' in a sarcastic manner if agreeing with someone (who they don't agree with).

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#15

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Kaisu
Community Member
10 months ago

This is my kind of pun

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#16

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juice
Community Member
10 months ago

no one knows

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#17

English Nonsense

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
10 months ago

I sent a cent with a peculiar scent.

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#18

English Nonsense

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Katie Axon
Community Member
10 months ago

You're built upside-down!

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#19

English Nonsense

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
10 months ago

America explain... I am confusion!!

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#20

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Aileen
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

I’ve also heard, “I before E except when your feisty foreign neighbor Keith leisurely receives eight counterfeit beige sleighs from caffeinated atheist weightlifters. Weird.”

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#21

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Steven Cook
Community Member
10 months ago

The last two lines may read incorrect until said...

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#22

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HANS
Community Member
10 months ago

I'd rather not do either or do neither.

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#23

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Katie Axon
Community Member
10 months ago

"Fat chance" is sarcastic.

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#24

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Bleh
Community Member
10 months ago

This made more sense than it should've

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#25

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Aldhissla VargTimmen
Community Member
10 months ago

There's a broadcasted spelling competition for the Dutch language as well ^^ Dutch is easier though, makes more sense :)

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#26

English Nonsense

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Tina Hugh
Community Member
10 months ago

If this isn’t true, it should be

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#27

English Nonsense

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Kaisu
Community Member
10 months ago

When I hear someone say "the other day", I assume it's something within a month. I never think someone would mean something they did like a year ago

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#28

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Full Name
Community Member
10 months ago

I wonder if uncovered wagons were the first form of mass transportation so you literally were "on" it.

Jane Alexander
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

So if someone is drunk while on the transportation, he would be 'on the wagon' and 'off the wagon' at the same time?

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
10 months ago

Same reason we say we're in front of the tv and behind the computer.

Jason M
Community Member
10 months ago

and in a chair or on the couch or around the house

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Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
10 months ago

Because busses have standing/walking spaces, cars don't.

Logan Slaughter
Community Member
10 months ago

"Fuck you, I'm getting IN the plane! Let Evel Knievel get ON the plane, I'll be down here with you folks in uniform: there seems to be less wind in here!" -George Carlin

Lee Gordon
Community Member
10 months ago

It depends how you enter the vehicle . Trains boats and buses have decks or similar where you walk "On" and take a seat a car has a personal space which requires you to manoeuvre into your seat from the outside so you get "in" your seat without walking "on" in the same way you can get "on" a passenger plane but you get "in" a fighter jet

Slune
Community Member
10 months ago

Good thing!

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Amber Turk
Community Member
10 months ago

When an alarm goes on, it's going off.

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
10 months ago

Don't go to am airport then. They tell you to get on the plane

ebonyruffles
Community Member
10 months ago

The late George Carlin: please get on the plane. F**k you, I’m getting IN the plane!

John Louis
Community Member
10 months ago

George Carlin: No I'm not going to fly on a plane, I'm going to fly in the Plane. Let Evel Knevel fly on the plane.

Curt Thurston
Community Member
10 months ago

"On " because buses and planes are elevated, you need to walk up steps to get in/on them. Cars you just get into, no climbing required.

David Vera
Community Member
10 months ago

Whet if it’s a truck or suv

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
10 months ago

The main rule of English is "just go with it."

Daniel da Silva
Community Member
10 months ago

And why "in bed" rather than "on bed"? I'm not inside the bed, I'm on top of it

Melani Barr
Community Member
10 months ago

You are only in bed if you are under the covers. It puts you within the warmth and safety from mosquitoes (and monsters under the bed) that simply being on the bed does not do.

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2WheelTravlr
Community Member
10 months ago

It makes me irrationally angry when someone talks about driving a motorcycle. No, you ride a motorcycle, you drive a car.

Glen Clabaugh
Community Member
10 months ago

This. My ESL students used to go INSANE because of this.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
10 months ago

Alternatively, you come BY bike.

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
10 months ago

Some things have no explanation. It's just how they've come to be.

Elaine Ferguson
Community Member
8 months ago

You walk on to a bus and get into a car

Niamh Waite
Community Member
8 months ago

You walk onto a bus you get in a car

Chris Robertson
Community Member
8 months ago

The first buses were open-top horse-drawn vehicles, which "car" comes from 'carriage," which were closed vehicles unless specifically described as an "open carriage"

Alex Delmon
Community Member
8 months ago

Buses with second floors

Marina
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

This always bothered me while learning English in school. Prepositions are random in English sometimes but I guess and the first maybe busses didn't have a roof so that might be a reason dunno

Šimon Špaček
Community Member
10 months ago

It reminds me of George Carlin. "Get on the plane? No way! I will be much happier inside. Less wind there."

Stephanie Rudrow
Community Member
10 months ago

Why do we say an actor was IN a movie but, was ON a TV show?

moeless
Community Member
10 months ago

And in Spanish it is get up in the car and get down from the car.

Oscar Guerrero
Community Member
10 months ago

"Get on the plane. Get on the plane." I say, "fuck you, I'm getting IN the plane! IN the plane! - George Carlin

Alex Noott
Community Member
10 months ago

Good argument!!!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
10 months ago

"Aboard" is commonly used in older writing when referring to group modes of transportation. When I first read "on board," it seemed awkward, but it may have led to the truncated form "on." I kind of like the sound of saying "I'll be on the car."

Ashley Wright
Community Member
10 months ago

Jerry Seinfeld had this in one of his monologues.

Sandra Llewelyn
Community Member
10 months ago

That there is the beauty of English - it is what it is. Use a different language if you don't like it.

Mari Bryant
Community Member
10 months ago

You climb stairs to get on the bus, so you are on not in. You get get in the car, so you are in it, not on it. You're welcome. :-)

Mari Bryant
Community Member
10 months ago

I double getted..my apologies. Lol

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Jvee Veneracion
Community Member
10 months ago

it's because you go "on board" mass transit vehicles like buses, planes and trains.

Ben Churchill
Community Member
10 months ago

It's not unlike the difference between waiting "in" line, and waiting "on" line. When I moved from California to New York, I discovered it's regional and I don't quite get the "on" line version, but it's what they say here.

David Vera
Community Member
10 months ago

Maybe they googling so the went online while in line

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Stephen Haynes
Community Member
10 months ago

Also, we park IN a driveway but drive ON a parkway.

Jo Choto
Community Member
10 months ago

English prepositions are perhaps the hardest in any language. We have so many and we use them to indicate the actual meaning of so many verbs and expressions and if you get them wrong, nothing makes sense.

No Spam
Community Member
10 months ago

One has a walkway

Viet Nguyen
Community Member
10 months ago

On the train, on the boat, on the plan, on horse-drawn carriage. If you look further you will see the pattern and it makes a lot of sense. Most of the whining happens because they just don't look far enough

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
10 months ago

/* It makes no [damned] sense.

Sharron-Ann McLeod
Community Member
10 months ago

My daughter was losing the plot with this a few months ago. We own a minibus, and we get IN the bus when we go out. But she then goes to school ON the school minibus. How to blow a 16 year olds brain!

Julie Hickman-Rincon
Community Member
10 months ago

My son is so cute. He started riding the school bus last year and would text us that he was in the bus!

Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
10 months ago

Must be one of those open top double decker bus.

Guido Pisano
Community Member
10 months ago

Same in italian...

Red
Community Member
10 months ago

oh god.

Teri Donovan
Community Member
10 months ago

Drives me crazy that I live IN Amelia Island. I'm pretty sure I'm ON the island....

Astrid Nineor
Community Member
10 months ago

Same in Norweian In the car ... Fair enough On the bus On the train On the ship but in the (small, open) boat

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Katie Axon
Community Member
10 months ago

It comes from Greek. Stephen is the original spelling. People started using Steven instead because it makes more sense in English, but some people choose to spell it the original way instead.

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#30

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George Utley
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10 months ago

Fridge is a slang shortening of one of the original refrigerators - Fridgidaire...

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#31

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Katie Axon
Community Member
10 months ago

You can tell which it is from the way they say it, but I don't know the terms to actually explain it because American education is pathetic.

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#32

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Kaisu
Community Member
10 months ago

Because it has nothing to do with the words man/woman and comes from Latin humanus

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#33

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Mira Maier
Community Member
10 months ago

Because Zoe and all her different writings are Greek and therefore English rules don't apply.

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#34

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Daria B
Community Member
10 months ago

Heh. This one is cute. ♥

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#35

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Evil Little Thing
Community Member
10 months ago

WATCH ME! You can food anything if you just eat it.

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#36

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Kaisu
Community Member
10 months ago

Because "Philippines" is in English while "Filipino/Filipina" is Spanish. No need to stress out. In Spanish the country is Filipinas. All is well, they're just words in two different languages!

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#37

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Ben Smith
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10 months ago

Y’all.

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#38

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Daria B
Community Member
10 months ago

One is AWful, the other is AWEsome. Maybe here lies the difference.

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#39

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Katie Axon
Community Member
10 months ago

Balogna and Sean both come from other languages.

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Piou
Community Member
10 months ago

You mean man's laughter isn't the same as manslaughter? Hmmm maybe I should reconsider my hobbies

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