Blessed be those who didn't have to go through the trouble of learning the English language. 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 grammar and the language itself, 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 basic grammar rules 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 no sense whatsoever, especially for a language that is so widespread.

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English-Language-Logic-No-Sense

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Bleh
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1 year ago

There are so many people I wanna defenestrate

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Lilli
Community Member
1 year 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?

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English Nonsense

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HANS
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1 year ago

You just ruined the ending for me!

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juice
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1 year ago

...oh

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PyroarRanger
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1 year ago

Oh shit.

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SykesDaMan
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1 year 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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Lilli
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel you dude

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#8

English Nonsense

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

This is definitely really interesting!

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English Nonsense

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Carson Skjerdal
Community Member
1 year ago

That is incredible ha ha

Daniel (ShadowDrakken)
Community Member
1 year ago

Oxford comma would normally be used here

Jenica Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

This is why I am against removing the Oxford comma in written American English. I will remain using the Oxford comma, as I was originally taught.

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David de Fortier
Community Member
1 year ago

It took me a while to visualise this one one, but once i saw it... WTF?

MJ
Community Member
1 year ago

And I had to read "This and And and And and That" 5 f*cking times to get it. I'm glad it wasn't about an ant farm, because we'd have a couple of ants inbetween the Ands and ands...

Ben Kaner
Community Member
1 year ago

To show true irritating pedantry, the grammar is actually wrong. There are two spaces, so it should be "the spaces between this (and*5) that are different .... " :)

Vince Terlep
Community Member
1 year ago

How about a word 11 times in a row. Imagine a class assignment where kids were asked to write about their summer vacations. John wrote that he had a great summer. Charles wrote that the had had a great summer. John, where Charles had had “had had”, had had “had”; “had had” had had the teachers appoval.

My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm lost for today....

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Katrė
Community Member
1 year ago

I think that would work in more languages than English only. :)

Marina
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe even all of the other languages :p

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Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
1 year ago

I asked the conductor: "what time does that train leave?" Answer: "two to two to two- two". And that train there? "two to two to two-two too."

Marnie
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of the fact that people refused to write "that that" even when it would make the meaning more clear and it is how we speak. "He knew that THAT woman was NOT his grandmother."

Carol Sweeny
Community Member
1 year ago

“He knew she was not his grandmother” would be English.

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Aroha
Community Member
1 year ago

And. And. And. And. It's gone weird. And. And. Aaaaand. And...

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Close your iPad and go to sleep

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Mike
Community Member
1 year ago

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo

My O My
Community Member
1 year ago

Soooo, buffalo means what in this context?

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Lyndsey McGill
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s diabolical, lol

Yang Wu
Community Member
1 year ago

"What is the bus schedule? " " 2 to 2 to 2: 2"

craig watt
Community Member
1 year ago

someone want to explain this to me?

Marina
Community Member
1 year ago

I see the joke but this would be available in every language that has an equivalent for "and", which are basically all of them

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm very happy to meet someone who has an easily distractable brain too.

M Dream
Community Member
1 year ago

terrific!

Jason Marcel
Community Member
1 year ago

The spaces are different indeed.

Sunion Matheson
Community Member
1 year ago

Ten times 'had' in a row. John wrote "I didn't come to school yesterday because I had had a headache." Michael said "That's incorrect English You should have said 'I had a headache'." They asked the teacher, and he said that had had was correct. The school magazine reported it thus: Michael, while John had had 'had had', had had 'had'; 'had had' had been judged correct.

David Sturrock
Community Member
1 year ago

Here's another; On a Fish And Chip shop sign, should there be a hyphen between Fish and And and And and Chips?

Mascha Claessens
Community Member
1 year ago

But I guess that would work for most languages, right...? :P

Pippa Runs
Community Member
1 year ago

It hurts!

Kenneth V. Jørgensen
Community Member
1 year ago

:-) :-) :-)!

John Aston
Community Member
1 year ago

A man owned a store called "And And And And And And." You know the rest. I was concerned about my upcoming booking on the lands of the Navajo nation... I guess I had reservation reservation reservations.

Mavia Kainaat
Community Member
1 year ago

A true riddle!

Noah Rosenthal
Community Member
1 year ago

You can do this with several words if you also convert the word to a proper name. Not impressed.

criminalgirl
Community Member
1 year ago

What, no punctuation?

Rich Talbot-Watkins
Community Member
1 year ago

Wouldn't the sentence "The space between This and And and And and That is different" have been better if you'd put quotation marks before This, and between This and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and That, and also after That?

Manfred Jordan
Community Member
1 year ago

That is weird in every language. Das Leerzeichen zwischen Dies und Und und Und und Dies ...... usw. as an example in german.

Bev Olive
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!

Oscar Guerrero
Community Member
1 year ago

MY POOR BRAIN

Time Itself
Community Member
1 year ago

reading that made me feel like i was having the stroke

Becky Conlon
Community Member
1 year ago

Are different not is surely

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm getting more confused by the minute here.

Andreas Mihalakeas
Community Member
1 year ago

"Those two spaces are different."

Steven Phillips
Community Member
1 year ago

You can also say " all the problems that he had had had had no effect on him"

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

If I were somehow in a situation where I was forced to write that, I would put a completely illegal comma in between the two sets just to cut some slack for the reader—or at the very least, an extra space between the two sets.

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Miriam Brose
Community Member
1 year ago

Wenn Fliegen hinter Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen hinter Fliegen.

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

took me a minute

GamerRain
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol

Don Quixote
Community Member
1 year ago

This isn’t exclusive to the English language though...

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
1 year ago

My brain explodes in different colors after realizing how to read it properly.

Amber Mast
Community Member
1 year ago

This hurts my brain.

frederic eeckman
Community Member
1 year ago

Well actually this one would work in many languages as long as you replace "and" with the "local" translation...

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

The difference in meaning is expressed with intonation.

Tiggy Darling
Community Member
1 year ago

I believe the word you can repeat most in a correct sentence is "had". For the essay competition, Emma, where Sarah had had "had", had had "had had".

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

i'm done

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Give me a beagle any day...
Community Member
1 year ago

I still don't get it.

Ivana Bogdan
Community Member
1 year ago

...visible confused...

Jenica Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

Stuff like this is a graphic designers kryptonite.

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh stop stottering already!

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

what is "stottering"?

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Pamela Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

Shouldn't it be are different instead of is different because you are talking about to spaces!?!

John Louis
Community Member
1 year ago

Sam Shot was shot, Ned Not was not. Or so it may be the other way. After all if The Shot (bullet) shot (struck) Shot (Sam Shot), Shot (Sam Shot) shot (fired) not.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

You’re just showing off!

Tom Grosman
Community Member
1 year ago

11 “hads” in a row- John, while Sally had had ‘had”, had had “had had”. “Had had” had had the better reaction from the teacher.

Lilli
Community Member
1 year ago

...what?

Dynein
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1 year ago

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Unimpressed... this works for many languages, if not all.

Girts Frīdbergs
Community Member
1 year ago

Understandable, but this time we're having laugh about English language

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So Dou
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Yoel Schvarcz
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1 year ago

In french it's called Double-V

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#12

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

English pronunciation was invented by Satan

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Why would you call a cell phone a “handy” anyway??

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Dave Walker
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1 year ago

I laughed out loud at shiphassailed :D (Yes, I'm a Brit)

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Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Excellent

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juice
Community Member
1 year ago

no one knows

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#17

English Nonsense

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Yoel Schvarcz
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1 year ago

c

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#18

English Nonsense

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Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the oldest one in the book...

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#19

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queen...<3
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1 year ago

OMl when I was younger my friend and I had a lengthy discussion on this lol And yes, I am a native English speaker.

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#20

English Nonsense

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ShareMusic
Community Member
1 year ago

"I before e except after C" is how I learned it in 6th grade. Except in "ancient" (which I later missed on the spelling test!).

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#21

English Nonsense

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Lilli
Community Member
1 year ago

is it bad that I actually understood this?

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#22

English Nonsense

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HANS
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd rather not do either or do neither.

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#23

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Steven Cook
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1 year ago (edited)

I feel like slim chance still has some small chance while fat chance has no chance at all...

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#24

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Bleh
Community Member
1 year ago

This made more sense than it should've

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#25

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Piou
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1 year ago

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If you think that English is hard to spell then don't look at French. And it was just the first example coming to my mind. Without being the most intuitive language to spell, English is an easy one

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#26

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Artex Gorilla
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1 year ago

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No, it's not. Slang means informal words mostly used in spoken language.

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#27

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Not really.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

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

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Miztre
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1 year ago

And people will pronounce it Stefan.

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#30

English Nonsense

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KatHat
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1 year ago

Because it used to be shortened to "frig" - I've read it in books, most memorably One Pair of Hands by Monica Dickens - and you tell me how that looks like it should be pronounced.

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

I think this depends on what country you're from. It only means the second one in the UK.

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#32

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Where are they pronounced the same? Not in North America.

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#34

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

And butchers don’t butch

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#35

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Full Name
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1 year ago

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Bad comparison because drinks are just different flavours or temperatures if the same thing. You can say soup to mean any soup, or sandwich for any sandwich.

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#36

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year 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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Yoel Schvarcz
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1 year ago

What about Middle-English?

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#38

English Nonsense

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Daria B
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1 year ago

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

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#39

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 year ago

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Balogna isn't even a word! I've heard and seen 'baloney' but if you google that one, it doesn't give any credible results.

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Dynein
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1 year ago

Man's laughter and man slaughter...

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