Them, then, there, that, Thames, Thyme: English language oddities
August 2, 2016 11:26pm CST
Somehow at dinner tonight. the subject of herbs and spices came up, you know, "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, marjoram too. Anyway, I thought about those words, like thyme and why the "h" is silent. Then Anne mentioned the herb, thyme, another one of those "th" words where the "h" is silent. So what in the world is going on? English has many oddities, I know, but this one came up tonight. There is probably no answer as to why all this strangeness in the language exists. But, maybe you know? Maybe you know of other oddities too?
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3 Aug 16
It's not only the English language to have many oddities and exceptions. I found a lot easier to learn English than French, with all those accents and grammar exceptions. Italian is more or less like French, but it's my language, so easier for me.
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3 Aug 16
The English language picks up bits and pieces from other languages. The etymology (history) of a word determines how it is pronounced (or mispronounced). Other languages are either even stranger in spelling/pronunciation fit (think French) and others are far more phonetic (think German). This is why my German students found it far easier than either my French or English students.