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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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
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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
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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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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Kaisu
Community Member
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
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

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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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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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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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Tina Hugh
Community Member
1 year ago

If this isn’t true, it should be

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

If it wasn't, it is now.

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Julia Daxenbichler
Community Member
1 year ago

I always thought it was "Street Language"...

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

No, it isn't. Sometimes it happens to be short but it can just as well be as long or longer. Take Cockney rhyming slang for example. here are a few: Adam and Eve – believe. Alan Whickers – knickers. apples and pears – stairs. Artful Dodger – lodger. Ascot Races – braces. Aunt Joanna – piano. Baked Bean – Queen. Baker's Dozen – Cousin.

Jonathon Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Isn't the point of rhyming slang to only use one of the rhyming words, as in "Take a butchers at that" meaning "Take a look at that" (from 'butchers hook'), the point being that the phrase only makes sense if you are one of the initiated group who has been taught the rhyme.

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Rurik Wolfe
Community Member
1 year ago

Untrue. Slang used to mean a narrow strip of land; then came to mean the merchants who sell their wares on such land ("on the slang"). Then meant the patter used by said merchants. And finally informal language

LoveWinz
Community Member
1 year ago

holy shit my life has been a lie

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow never knew that

Karina Andersen
Community Member
1 year ago

there is slang & strine

Mark lockstone
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice!

Alex Noott
Community Member
1 year ago

I never knew that, thanks for sharing this!

nala simba
Community Member
1 year ago

I did not know that!

Elizabeth Wilkins
Community Member
1 year ago

Woah

daisydiamond
Community Member
1 year ago

Mindblown.....I never knew that

Katchen
Community Member
1 year ago

This seems like someone made this explanation fit what they thought the origins should be.

Sugar Latte
Community Member
1 year ago

What the....how did I not know this? 🤣

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you!!!!

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.

Orillion
Community Member
1 year ago

He's talking about the etymology of the word; you're talking about the meaning.

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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
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1 year ago

And people will pronounce it Stefan.

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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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Ben Smith
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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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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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