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

The Many Meanings Of 'Only'

The Many Meanings Of 'Only'

shadowwraiths Report

#2

Weird English Language

Weird English Language

iowahawkblog Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should have said “I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit. Upon the slitted sheet I sit"

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

The Order Of Adjectives

The Order Of Adjectives

mattandersonbbc Report

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never thought about it. Awesomely old straight vivid logic.

View more comments
#4

English Language Pronunciation

English Language Pronunciation

just-shower-thoughts Report

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

The Odd One Out

The Odd One Out

Report

#6

Same Word, Opposite Meaning

Same Word, Opposite Meaning

languagelinguistics Report

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, isn't this the case with many words? Like terrific, or also awful. an aweful beach, to my understanding is one that you do not want to visit, while you definitely want to hand out on an awefully great beach. An if you hear of a terrific beach, you better ask twice. Any native speakers here to explain? Even though I am afraid this might even be different in AE and BE.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Same Sentence, Different Meanings

Same Sentence, Different Meanings

thessalian Report

#8

The Meaning Of Goodbye

The Meaning Of Goodbye

ikimaru Report

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We happy that they did not use emoticon precursors.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Words That Don't Rhyme

Words That Don't Rhyme

gracieness Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

Weird English Pronunciation

Weird English Pronunciation

laslanguesromanze Report

Claudia Machado
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Know Your A's

Know Your A's

dismal-dragon Report

Evelim C
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just as the word "eleven". Someone please tell Americans to choose one sound? Brasilians have to many words but at least we know how to pronnounce them. .-.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Correct Grammar vs. Kinky Pirate

Correct Grammar vs. Kinky Pirate

englishmajorhumor Report

#13

English Language

English Language

libbylumos Report

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Also: read (rid) → present tense; read (red) → past tense.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Language Jokes

Language Jokes

andymientears Report

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

View more comments
#17

Correct Pronunciation

Correct Pronunciation

crimsun Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

A Flawed Language

A Flawed Language

night-fury-pamphlets Report

#19

English Language

English Language

egberts Report

Gemma Ereza Ferrie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is why it's so important to get kids reading books. I read each of these sentences fine, without confusion through context. Close reading is key to communication and the English language.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

House-Spouse

House-Spouse

pilgrimkitty Report

Paweł Pawlicki
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If English beats up other languages in dark alleys, Polish must be Batman or some f-ing ninja. arOAPm6_70...c7e2b1.jpg arOAPm6_700b-58a30e0c7e2b1.jpg

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

Tea Tea, Bread Bread And Many More

Tea Tea, Bread Bread And Many More

madlori Report

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts

coremander Report

#23

New Direction

New Direction

therainbowcadaver Report

Crystal Pruitt
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like the word happiness. Ha-penis. Thank you Peggy Hill.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

The Oxford Comma

The Oxford Comma

shortee Report

#25

English Triple Contractions

English Triple Contractions

burnttoastmaster Report

Lucie Molnarova
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#27

The Correct Way To Spell Potato

The Correct Way To Spell Potato

PixieDustAuthor Report

#28

Alternating Stress Patterns

Alternating Stress Patterns

kvotheunkvothe Report

#29

You're And Your

You're And Your

Report

Intensive Panda
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

always wondering why even native speakers don't know the difference. Also: if you're unsure about "affect" or "effect" just use "impact" :D

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

Traditional vs. Simplified

Traditional vs. Simplified

sahondwich-shahop Report

Thor Sten
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, linguistically speaking: AE is an older form of English that had less influence from neighboring languages.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

Autumn vs. Fall

Autumn vs. Fall

transcendantalismsm Report

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

Grammatically Correct Sentences

Grammatically Correct Sentences

joyheartsyou Report

#33

Goose And Geese

Goose And Geese

linguisticsyall Report

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it is amazing to see how closely many languages are intertwined. Therefore, people talking about "supremacy" of languages will often have no clue. On the other hand, other language families are quite fascinating in comparison, particularly if you consider the "efficiency" of saying something. And then, having isolated non-related languages (like Basque) are truly fascinating.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

Questions And Answers

Questions And Answers

tweakerwolf Report

#35

English Language

English Language

mrloria Report

Master Markus
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#36

I Before E

I Before E

maskedlinguist Report

Valquerys
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Singapore, we say I before E except after “C”

View More Replies...
View more comments
#37

Opposites

Opposites

just-shower-thoughts Report

#39

Spelt Or Spelled

Spelt Or Spelled

thedailylaughs Report

#40

A Jar

A Jar

MyopiaPod Report

Intensive Panda
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

now enter "ajar jarjar in a jar in an ajar jar" in google translator and click on "pronounce" 🤣😂🤣

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#41

English Language

English Language

stitched-spade Report

#42

When English Is Not Your Native Language

When English Is Not Your Native Language

Mlle Karensac Report

#43

Literally

Literally

theoatmeal Report

Erza
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG I dreamt I did that last one once.

View more comments
#45

English Language

English Language

heliager Report

Joseph Pensak
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#47

English Language

English Language

kilihasparasites Report

Thomas Hobbs
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You should read "polish" as "polish", but don't read "polish" as "Polish", or "Polish" as "polish"..

View more comments
#48

English Language

English Language

ernstills Report

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Panda
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think about this too all the time! I've decided that instead of "Why can't you" being "Why can not you," it means "Why can you not," despite the basic grammar rules being weird. I guess it's just implied?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#49

English Language

English Language

ijustwanttohugdavidtennant Report

#50

English Language

English Language

moonmaven Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#51

English Language

English Language

booklover223 Report

Jessica Westbrook
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That also depends on accent. I'll isn't pronunced the same as aisle and isle where I'm from on the States.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#52

English Language

English Language

funny-text-posts Report

rai mei
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#54

English Language

English Language

cassidy-peterson Report

Christina McIsaac
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#55

English Language

English Language

memearchives Report

Alex Matencio
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View more comments
#56

English Language

English Language

Mike Snyder Report

Collin Cantrell
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Am I the only one who thought 13 had more to do with the usage of "to" vs "too" than pronouncing close?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#58

English Language

English Language

yahel Report

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#59

English Language

English Language