28 Times People Tried to Find Logic in the English Language but Failed
We all know that feeling when we’re texting a friend and suddenly some well-known words start looking weird and unfamiliar. This phenomenon actually has nothing to do with the language itself as it happens purely in our minds. However, if we start digging deeper into the grammar of a language, we’ll be able to find lots of illogical things that really make no sense whatsoever.
Bright Side put together 28 of the wittiest observations about the English language made by Internet users that will leave you scratching your head.
- Why isn’t the plural of human “humen” since the plurals of woman and man are women and men? @Marimelida
- Contractions function almost identically to the full 2-word phrase, but are only appropriate in some places in a sentence. It’s one of the weird quirks of this language we’ve. @Swibblestein
- “Jail” and “prison” are synonyms, but “jailer” and “prisoner” are antonyms. @thinice41
- The opposite of waterfalls would be fireflies. @reptilian-underlord
- Why does my nose run and my feet smell? @MooSaysCow
- Synonyms are weird because if you invite someone to your cottage in the forest it sounds nice and cozy, but if I invite you to my cabin in the woods then you’re going to die. @RedBombX
- “Busy as a bee” is a metaphor for being unflaggingly industrious, but the job of every bee is literally to “stop and smell the roses,” — a metaphor for taking a break from work. @nabuhabu
- Is the “S” or “C” in scent silent? @Vaxtin
- “I’m going to do housework and then do homework” is a completely acceptable sentence in the English language. @Unknown
What illogical things have you noticed in the English language? Let’s exchange our discoveries in the comments!
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