The English language is a mystery to all of us, whether you've been speaking it since day one, or you've just started to learn it. From its bizarre spelling rules to its free-for-all grammar, it's a daily struggle just trying to form sentences that make sense. No wonder people are turning to emoji to express their thoughts, rather than coping with some weird English words.

Unless you live in the Tibetan mountains or belong to an Amazonian tribe, you've definitely come across English grammar in use. It's the most widely-studied language in the world, making it a connecting word between countries, and even continents. Thanks to the rise of American power and influence, English has spread like wildfire across the globe through movies, music, and literature. That doesn't mean it's any walk in the park.

Have a look at some of the most frustrating moments English grammar has brought us below; you don't have to search a long way for funny jokes, as they're all there, in the common usage of English. And don't forget to check out our similar posts on French and German, they might be even better than these funny jokes in English.

#1

English Language

shadowwraiths Report

Roberta Scheer
Community Member
4 years ago

this kinda happens with portuguese too

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#2

English Language

iowahawkblog Report

Emre
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh. this is so serious...

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#3

English Language

mattandersonbbc Report

Roberta Scheer
Community Member
4 years ago

oh wow

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#4

English Language

just-shower-thoughts Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

At least it will make "boom" if you are not careful.

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#5

English Language

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Emre
Community Member
4 years ago

this one is the best :)

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#6

English Language

languagelinguistics Report

Notchimine Mette
Community Member
4 years ago

I have never known "peruse" to mean anything other than "read very carefully".

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#7

English Language

thessalian Report

Emre
Community Member
4 years ago

Hahahahaaa hilarious. :D

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#8

English Language

ikimaru Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

We happy that they did not use emoticon precursors.

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#9

English Language

gracieness Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

Sometimes we spell it "baloney" - And baloney and money don't rhyme either (sigh)

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#10

English Language

laslanguesromanze Report

Claudia Machado
Community Member
4 years ago

Queue is a queue where Q is the first and the others are waiting in queue for their chance to appear.

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#11

English Language

dismal-dragon Report

criminalgirl
Community Member
4 years ago

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Wow, you have to address your comfort levels I think....how uncomfortable do you feel when something really bad happens? One word...perspective.

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#12

English Language

englishmajorhumor Report

--
Community Member
4 years ago

lolol

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#13

English Language

libbylumos Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, sometimes one has to wonder that if we got for a lingua franca, why we not take something with less irregularities. Although I am afraid that most "grown" languages are full of irregularities (even though most probably not as bably as German – where at least the spelling typically is easy).

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#14

English Language

castiel-knight-of-hell Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

I am wondering if there can be rules found for this. Sometimes it obviously is the ending of the one word that harmonizes with the beginning of the other (or respectively not) in the flow of speaking, but in some cases...well, tradition I guess.

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#15

English Language

mckillington Report

Olivia W
Community Member
4 years ago

Thou shalt shit you not

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#16

English Language

andymientears Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh, if you still are interested in that, just find a German class nearby. The good thing is, the more weird languages you learn, you more you appreciate if you come across languages that lack the irregularities where you expected them from experience.

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#17

English Language

crimsun Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 years ago

ok, I' ll take this one to english class next week

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#18

English Language

night-fury-pamphlets Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Nightmare for copy editors.

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#19

English Language

egberts Report

criminalgirl
Community Member
4 years ago

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All of these examples can be written or spoken using an alternative word so you are not "repeating" as you see it. This is what language is about, expanding your vocabulary, not reducing it. If a sentence makes you think about a replacement word ...that's a good thing. It makes you a better communicator. Language skills are vital, no matter what, we will all be still talking in thousands of years time...I hope!

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#20

English Language

pilgrimkitty Report

Trevin Blount!
Community Member
4 years ago

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Just like America did to Iraq and Britain did to India

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#21

English Language

madlori Report

Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

Same with many, many abbreviations. In many, many other languags. Alas.

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#22

English Language

coremander Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 years ago

Ha Ha Ha ...great!

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#23

English Language

therainbowcadaver Report

--
Community Member
4 years ago

not really, but kind of

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#24

English Language

shortee Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

What if you say "I had eggs and toast with orange juice"?

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#25

English Language

burnttoastmaster Report

Lucie Molnarova
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm learning english as my third language and this just messed me up so bad

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#26

English Language

archaeaeon-blog Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

I C U 2

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#27

English Language

PixieDustAuthor Report

Lucie Molnarova
Community Member
4 years ago

Imagine having to write 'potato' in a spelling test and you had 5 seconds to write that hideous thing

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#28

English Language

kvotheunkvothe Report

Paweł Pawlicki
Community Member
4 years ago

Push the record button to record.

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#29

English Language

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Add "than" and "then" to the list. Also -"-s", "-'s" and "-s'" after nouns. And let's make it clear when you use "a" and "an".

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#30

English Language

sahondwich-shahop Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

This is the truest thing in the world!

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#31

English Language

transcendantalismsm Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
4 years ago

I know it works GREAT with "spring ahead and fall back" - in reference to Daylight savings time reminders as to which way to set the clocks (forward or backward)

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#32

English Language

joyheartsyou Report

Ray Githinji
Community Member
4 years ago

Hillarious

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#33

English Language

linguisticsyall Report

Notchimine Mette
Community Member
4 years ago

Excellent! I always wondered about that.

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#34

English Language

tweakerwolf Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

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Also the same for who, which and how. ;)

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#35

English Language

mrloria Report

Master Markus
Community Member
4 years ago

Eggplants were called that because the variety first introduced to the Europeans looked like an egg (you can see them if you look it up, they're white), pineapple was called that because it looks like a pine cone and "apple" was a generic word for "fruit", hamburger is from the "Hamburg steak" which is a kind of ground beef dish. Here are theories about the "guinea pig": http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2009/12/how-did-the-guinea-pig-get-its-name.html

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#36

English Language

maskedlinguist Report

Amanda Codlin
Community Member
4 years ago

I hate i before e. I think it's more common to be e before i

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#37

English Language

just-shower-thoughts Report

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

We say brinjal instead of eggplant...

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#38

English Language

mambloo Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
4 years ago

where can I order this?

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#39

English Language

thedailylaughs Report

Grace Barclay
Community Member
4 years ago

Except that spelt is "hulled wheat".

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#40

English Language

MyopiaPod Report

Olivia W
Community Member
4 years ago

wow

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#41

English Language

stitched-spade Report

Smoofy
Community Member
4 years ago

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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#42

English Language

Mlle Karensac Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Depends... I've got past that part a long time in the past.

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#43

English Language

theoatmeal Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

This guy is hilarious. You must visit his site.

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#44

English Language

fangirlbc Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, rendezvous is French, so... Found the "fake" intruder?

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#45

English Language

heliager Report

Joseph Pensak
Community Member
4 years ago

Gh, however, is never pronounced as F at the beginning of a word.

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#46

English Language

innocenceontheoutside Report

Denzel James Lim
Community Member
4 years ago

Fuck you

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#47

English Language

kilihasparasites Report

Neurotic_Octopus
Community Member
4 years ago

I was half asleep in my own bathroom once and wondered why I had a bottle of Polish remover...

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#48

English Language

ernstills Report

Happy Ghost
Community Member
4 years ago

I only have this problem with "let's". "Let us" sounds completely different.

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#49

English Language

ijustwanttohugdavidtennant Report

Master Markus
Community Member
4 years ago

DIFFERENT ACCENTS, BABY!

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#50

English Language

moonmaven Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah, let's call them just "mon".

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#51

English Language

booklover223 Report

criminalgirl
Community Member
4 years ago

But the structure of the sentence gives them meaning.

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#52

English Language

funny-text-posts Report

rai mei
Community Member
4 years ago

it's weird cause in our language had-had means tinea cruris in medical terms. hahaha

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#53

English Language

rieriebee Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

Three quarters! FFS

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#54

English Language

cassidy-peterson Report

Christina McIsaac
Community Member
4 years ago

"All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life."

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#55

English Language

memearchives Report

Alex Matencio
Community Member
1 year ago

Rickrollé in French, which is the basic way in French to appropriate an English word

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#56

English Language

Mike Snyder Report

Clayton Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Basically, fuck

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#57

English Language

nopathfollowed Report

Master Markus
Community Member
4 years ago

No, I do believe that is indeed a sweet potato and not the root that should technically be called a "yam". Also, I did the same thing as the first person.

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#58

English Language

yahel Report

Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

Meh, most of these aren't even English words. Yep! I'm petty and snobby.

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#59

English Language

nashscribblings Report

Aegon VI Targaryen
Community Member
4 years ago

y'all'd've known this had y'all've been from the south.

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#60

English Language

frosheep53 Report

May Jeanette Fast
Community Member
4 years ago

I could be wrong but here's why I think it makes sense. January is a month, a month is a time period that contains somethings (weeks and days) so for anything that contains anything, we say it's in it. "Oh the dinner is in the fridge" For Wednesday it's a day, and many times people ask when something is happening or "when is it on?" and so you say it's "on Wednesday". The same goes for time except you say "on at" because the use of "at" when it comes to clock time is due to the use of the clock. At is used to describe where the clock hand is at.

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#61

English Language

prettylittlesinflower Report

April King
Community Member
4 years ago

thats why I've just shortened it all together as "I'ven't"

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#62

English Language

allthedifferenc3 Report

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 years ago

Except one of the double Ls...

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#63

English Language

rawrmylollypop Report

Happy Ghost
Community Member
4 years ago

You're awfully awful!

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#64

English Language

tiltedcircles Report

Notchimine Mette
Community Member
4 years ago

I never take showers - I just...shower...

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#65

English Language

lnnea Report

Stephen Crichton
Community Member
4 years ago

Why is this Spanish when I read it out loud!!

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#66

English Language

nktjn Report

Crystal Poe
Community Member
4 years ago

Nooo. I say It is what it is all the time. This one messed with me worse than all the others combined.

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#67

English Language

just-a--derp Report

Barbara White
Community Member
4 years ago

You wouldn't be, because you'd be being LED

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