The oddities of English. Can you contribute?

India
October 14, 2006 9:34pm CST
English is a crazy language. There is no ham in hamburger;there is neither apple nor pine in pineapple;French fries were not invented in France and Sweetmeats are candies.
5 responses
@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
15 Oct 06
What abour a mare nest? Have you ever seen a little colt breaking out of an egg?
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• India
16 Oct 06
Though I am familiar with most types of English, I couldnt catch on to the bit about 'colt' and 'eggs'! I may be dumb but I never heard this said before! Could u or Vikingswest explain, oriental?
@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
17 Oct 06
When you read or hear the word "nest" you think of birds and eggs. But if it is a "mare's nest" (meaning a hoax) you should be waiting for a colt coming out of an egg. :)
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@peaceful (3301)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Can you imagine the confusion that must happen when a foreigner comes to the US,and reads headlines in newspapers with an understanding of English words but their daily context and usage? How about a headline like: "COLTS STOMP BEARS!" or "GIANTS BEAT JETS!" or "VIKINGS CRUSH RAIDERS!" Can you imagine the images that the poor fellow is getting? LOL!
• India
18 Feb 07
These are news headlines that many guys with good schooling even in the third world (or developing) countries can understand. Such newspaper jargon has become common in countries like India. The other day, when I was typing out a comment, I used a word that spells - 'c', 'u', 'm'. Imagine my surprise when mylot editor asked me not to use obscene language! Actually, that word (I'm not typing that word because I'll be reprimanded again, which means a waste of tim!!) means 'including'.
@the_vicar (1478)
• United States
15 Oct 06
e-mail. mail is singular and plural. There is no such word as e-mails. It is e-mail messages.
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• India
16 Oct 06
Thanks for the reminder! yea, its an uncountable noun like furniture, news, cattle, etc.
• Hyderabad, India
15 Oct 06
i think english language is for all country
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@nannacroc (4049)
15 Oct 06
Sweetmeats are offal, I think. Plurals are interesting too, e.g. house - houses, mouse - mice.
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