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.

#1

English-Language-Logic-No-Sense

weeping-wandrian Report

Orillion
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#2

English Nonsense

Suave-Matthews Report

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?

#3

English Nonsense

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HANS
Community Member
1 year ago

You just ruined the ending for me!

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#4

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Chicken Pox
Community Member
1 year ago

This is genius!

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh shit.

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#6

English Nonsense

tidywrities Report

SykesDaMan
Community Member
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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#7

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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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#9

English Nonsense

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Carson Skjerdal
Community Member
1 year ago

That is incredible ha ha

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#10

English Nonsense

cherlishPanda Report

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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#11

English Nonsense

saranowitz Report

Yoel Schvarcz
Community Member
1 year ago

In french it's called Double-V

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#12

English Nonsense

madamplease Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

English pronunciation was invented by Satan

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

What profession is a handyman in then?

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#14

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Artex Gorilla
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
1 year ago

Quite.

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Julia Leslie
Community Member
1 year ago

What I love is that Australians use it both ways.

Just a Purpler
Community Member
1 year ago

Canadians too, I always thought everyone did until this moment lol

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Bluebell Rizzi
Community Member
1 year ago

I use both... come at me bruh

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

I need to go back and reread and rewatch every piece of British literature and film now. New meanings.

Dave Walker
Community Member
1 year ago

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

rowan eisner
Community Member
1 year ago

In British it can mean 'totally' (quite complete) or sightly (i quite like it)

Mikey Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

And then there is "Not Quite" which means "Almost"

Mikey Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

And then there is "Not Quite" for "Almost"

Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 year ago

I, an Australian, assumed that quite was, in every instance, said with sarcasm.

Patsy Rose
Community Member
1 year ago

But quite in British English can often depend on how the speaker says it. With enthusiasm it can mean 'very' or 'really', with a downward tone of voice it means 'not too bad' which is often followed by '... but ...'

Hannyyy
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm British and use "quite" to "amplify my enthusiasm" quite a lot ;) ....

Minmi
Community Member
1 year ago

This isn't correct. I'm British and we do use 'quite' in the same way as 'really'- as in "that was quite good actually". Although we also use it in other ways, e.g. "it's quite dark" or just "quite" (which can be used like an agreement but often in a sarcastic manner, context and tone is key here).

Kieu Diep
Community Member
1 year ago

And the song she/he was on about is probably Here(in your arms)

Richard Messenger
Community Member
1 year ago

Overestimating British enthusiasm? Think how I felt when my USA boss described the first piece of work which I presented to him as 'perfect' only to find out later that is equivalent to OK.

Hongyan Xu
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF are you serious??!!!!

LoveWinz
Community Member
1 year ago

This is honestly a mood

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

We have the same with Spanish. Language always adapts to use so In every country/region there will be a small difference. Not enough so you can't communicate, but enough to cause small misunderstandings or even unintentional insults.

Dan Abramsky
Community Member
1 year ago

that one was quite the trip down the rabbit hole...

David Vera
Community Member
1 year ago

Quite

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

That kind of thing can happen quite often on this site.

Jennifer Brekke
Community Member
1 year ago

I British the word 'sure' & draw out the pronunciation (when I'm trying to be obvious about lying/joking). 'British' has now become a verb.

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh oh, good thing, I listened to the inflection so as to not misunderstand what British people meant.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, Brits use "quite" in a variety of very expressive ways... or, should I say, QUITE expressively.

David Vera
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow the British can be expressive. I find that quite amusing

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Logan Slaughter
Community Member
1 year ago

"What's the latest from the colonies?" "They feel the taxes are quite high, and there are quite a few soldiers present." "Ah, then we can raise the taxes a little higher! And I'll make sure to send some more men in to protect them!" "Now the Americans are quite upset." "Well, that's to be expected; nobody really likes having their taxes raised. It'll calm down eventually."

Logan Slaughter
Community Member
1 year ago

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David Vera
Community Member
1 year ago

Ghagna

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Stannous Flouride
Community Member
1 year ago

"Two peoples divided by a quite common language." (with apologies to G.B.Shaw)

Jordan W.
Community Member
1 year ago

*sigh* gloomy Brits

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year ago

ah the joys of a language evolving independently, when it's moved away from it's origins. It's why dialects exist, unless governments choose to uphold the original origins of their mother-tongue.

David Vera
Community Member
1 year ago

Then we revolt

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Erica Bea
Community Member
1 year ago

We have the same meaning for 'quite' in Australia... Hey, look! Finally one similarity between Americans and Australians!

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

Question: can I use rather the same way like quite?

NMN
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm rather interested in the answer

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Karin Jansen
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow! Total mindfuck..

David Vera
Community Member
1 year ago

How do you really feel?

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 year ago

So... Quite right, means "sort of right?"

Lara Harris
Community Member
1 year ago

No. That is one of the few exceptions. There at a few.. Not many but that is one of them.

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 year ago

Speaking british, I'd say, "interesting".

David Vera
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant

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Lindsey Lorenz
Community Member
1 year ago

However, in “I’m not quite sure” and “I’m quite sure” the meaning is entirely different.

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

This is my kind of pun

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#16

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juice
Community Member
1 year ago

no one knows

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#17

English Nonsense

Vaxtin Report

Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
1 year ago

I sent a cent with a peculiar scent.

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#18

English Nonsense

MooSaysCow Report

Sherbaan Naab
Community Member
1 year ago

Two questions, same answer: because you don't wash properly.

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#19

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Sherman_Beardman Report

PyroarRanger
Community Member
1 year ago

America explain... I am confusion!!

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#20

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qikipedia Report

Aileen
Community Member
1 year 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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TweetSmarter Report

Steven Cook
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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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

English Nonsense

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Emily Ashcraft
Community Member
1 year ago

one is used by the people of sarcasm and one is used by regular people

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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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Aldhissla VargTimmen
Community Member
1 year 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

dylandipzz Report

Tina Hugh
Community Member
1 year ago

If this isn’t true, it should be

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#27

English Nonsense

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year 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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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#29

English Nonsense

orangepek0e Report

Stephania Kolarova
Community Member
1 year ago

Stefan: good efening

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#30

English Nonsense

AdventurousMan Report

George Utley
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#31

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Matilda Gross
Community Member
1 year ago

Intonation is key.

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#32

English Nonsense

Marimelida Report

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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#33

English Nonsense

Djimmieboy Report

Eduard Korhonen
Community Member
1 year ago

Because it's Zoë, but everyone forgets the importance of umlauts

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#34

English Nonsense

Grammarly Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Heh. This one is cute. ♥

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#35

English Nonsense

MundaneRiot Report

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#36

English Nonsense

GabbieHanna Report

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

English Nonsense

Unrelated96 Report

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Y’all.

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#38

English Nonsense

kanoe170 Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#39

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Chris
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF is balogna?!

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#40

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Piou
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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