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
Community Member
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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HANS
Community Member
1 year ago

You just ruined the ending for me!

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juice
Community Member
1 year ago

...oh

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh shit.

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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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Lilli
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel you dude

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

This is definitely really interesting!

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Lilli
Community Member
1 year ago

...what?

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#10

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

In french it's called Double-V

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#12

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

English pronunciation was invented by Satan

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Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Dave Walker
Community Member
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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Yoel Schvarcz
Community Member
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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queen...<3
Community Member
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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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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Lilli
Community Member
1 year ago

is it bad that I actually understood this?

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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
Community Member
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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Bleh
Community Member
1 year ago

This made more sense than it should've

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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 :)

Giette Hulsbosch
Community Member
1 year ago

I wouldn't say that. On some notes it does make more sense, but when you ask non-native speakers who are learning Duth, they just think of it as a language with more exceptions on grammar rules then any other language. Just think about it, many natives don't even know the correct use for the DT-rule

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Martina Vitmanová
Community Member
1 year ago

When I was little I didn't get why Lisa Simpson was so proud she could spell... I was like, so you just told us the letters, duh :D I watched it with Czech dubbing. And then I started to take English lessons and suddenly I felt for the smart, SMART girl.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

I remember my shock when my grandfather told me that there was no spelling test in school when he grew up. He was Hungarian. That language is totally phonetic. Any word you hear, you just spell it how it sounds and it's correct.

Andrea Goble
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes. I was born in Hungary and left at age 8. That was a long time ago, but I can still read the language. It has a longer alphabet than English, but once you memorize it, you can spell and read any word.

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pseudosapien
Community Member
1 year ago

You know what we should have? A broadcasted competition on converting imperial measurements to metric ones.

John Montgomery
Community Member
1 year ago

I like it, but I don't think you'd ever have winners in that competition. It seems almost no one can do those without looking it up. Myself included.

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Stephanie Custis
Community Member
1 year ago

If I were, not was. It's conditional.

Marnie
Community Member
1 year ago

I never understood having kids learn to spell OUT LOUD. It's a different skill than being able to spell it correctly on paper.

Kartun Land
Community Member
1 year ago

Indonesian language is easier too. The spelling and the pronounce is the same

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

Depends on your field. French for diplomacy, german for science....

Mark CM
Community Member
1 year ago

You also seem to have a severe punctuation problem.

bill marsano
Community Member
1 year ago

Do not ad 'ed' here--'broadcast' is correct in all tenses. Similarly do not add 's'' to form the plural of 'aircraft' or use 'craft' to mean more than one boat. Do add the 's' when discussing arts and crafts or using craft in the third person (pretentious, though).

Mavia Kainaat
Community Member
1 year ago

OOOOOHHHH!! This is SO true!

Esmé Croonen
Community Member
1 year ago

English is not the most common language, Mandarin Chinese is.

Jack Moliere
Community Member
1 year ago

Well we don't like to make it too easy for you . . .

Mark Johanen
Community Member
1 year ago

Do all other languages have strictly phonetic spelling? I know a little Hebrew and Hebrew spelling can also be quite difficult. There are several silent letters that you only know to include by learning them by rote, not to mention several pairs of letters that have the same sound.

Matias Panula
Community Member
1 year ago

This would be stupid in finnish cause you you prounaunce every thing the way you spell it. Lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas😅

Twitch Mitchell
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd tune in

Hollie Newton
Community Member
1 year ago

Try spelling German words...

Dynein
Community Member
1 year ago

Not as bad as English. There are several ways you could hypothetically spell a German word, agreed, but they are very much finite and the way back (spelling to pronunciation) is much more straightforward.

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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

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

English being intuitive to spell? What kind of joke is this? It really depends on your native tongue.

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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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Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Not really.

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Miztre
Community Member
1 year ago

And people will pronounce it Stefan.

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KatHat
Community Member
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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Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

And butchers don’t butch

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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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Yoel Schvarcz
Community Member
1 year ago

What about Middle-English?

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#38

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

Man's laughter and man slaughter...

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