The Wonder of English Language
Have you ever wondered why Africans have trouble with English language? Let’s face it with a critical mind. Every word, phrase and paragraph should be tossed under a microscope. There is no ham in hamburger, and neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England; French fries were not invented in France. Eat what you can and can what you can’t goes on the perplexity. When you present a present be present in your present, another irony emerges.
We sometimes take English for granted but if we examine its paradoxes we find that boxing rings are square and not circular, guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. If writers write, how come fingers don’t ‘fing?’ If the plural of tooth is teeth shouldn’t the plural of phone booth be phone ‘beeth?’ If we say the teacher taught, why can’t we say the preacher ‘praught?’ If vegetarians eat vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Why do people park on the driveways and drive on the parkways?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language where a house can burn up as it goes down! And you fill in a form by filling it out. English was invented by people not computers and it reflects the human creativity of the human race, which of course isn’t a race at all. That is why when the stars are out they are visible, but when the lights are out they are invisible, and why is it that when I wind up my watch it starts, but when I wind up this observation it ends?
- 9 Oct, 2009
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