The English language certainly confuses me some times, actually make that a lot of times. There are so many things that don’t make sense:
- Why do we park in the driveway and drive in the parkway?
- Why do we bake cookies and cook bacon?
- How do you set the standard in limbo by raising the bar?
- If I have a sign saying “This And That” it is perfectly logical for me to tell the architects that I want a space between This and And and And and That.
- Lead and read rhyme, lead and read also rhyme but lead and read don’t rhyme (to lead, lead the material, to read, read as in past tense)
- You can wind the sail but you can’t wind the sail (wind as in air, wind is to coil)
- Boxing rings are typically square
- French fries, are in fact, not french
- A vegetarian eats vegetables but a humanitarian doesn’t eat humans
- Noses run but feet smell
- You can really hand it to someone even if you don’t have any arms
- Of course you play at a recital and recite at a play
- Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing, so do the fat chance and slim chance. Yet a wise guy and a wise man are total opposites
You see, it drives me crazy