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English is a funny language

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by jaybones, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    An unhappy worker is described as disgruntled, as in disgruntled former employee.

    Would that mean happy workers are gruntled?
     
  2. Nadnitram

    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 18, 2017
    The Heartland
  3. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 4, 2013
    largo,fl
    turkey bacon guacamole wrap does not mean what you think it does either.

    and if ain't ain't a word why is it used to describe the word ain't and we understand what is said?


    just be real careful if you are ever told to "come here" ffs....
     
  4. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 25, 2011
    Brazil
    As a non native speaker, I can say English is crazy, funny, practical and stupid. Just kidding. I love English. Romance languages are nice for the dramatic content, but every little sentence takes 30 minutes. The next 30 minutes we spend arguing because we didn't like a small detail in the tonality of ones sentence.
     
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  5. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 10, 2013
    Hillsboro, OR, USA
    Similarly, I've heard people talking about something getting revamped, but I never hear of something being initially "vamped" in the first place.

    Why is the word "polish" pronounced 2 different ways? One way means "from Poland", and the other as a verb meaning to make the surface of something smooth and shiny, or something that makes the surface of something smooth and shiny, as in nail polish.

    Why do you park in a driveway and drive in a parkway?

    Why do the words "flammable" and "inflammable" mean the same thing?

    The plural of "house" is "houses", but the plural of "mouse" is "mice". Why is that? Why is the plural of "mouse" not "mouses", or the plural of "house" not "hice"?

    Why is the "oo" pronounced differently in the words "foot" and "boot"?

    https://www.scoopwhoop.com/These-20...s-The-Strangest-Language-There-Is/#.zes2sajud

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  6. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Yes, they would be gruntled.

     
  7. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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  8. banjaxed

    banjaxed Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Mar 14, 2014
    Liverpool UK
    Even we native English have problems with the many different dialects from all over the country.
     
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  9. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That's genius! :D
     
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  10. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You're right, "disgruntled" is one of the strangest & most illogical words in this crazy ol' language.

    I demand the right to be gruntled!
     
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  11. Polarbear

    Polarbear Don Poleone Strat-Talk Supporter

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  12. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Ah but you do it in such a musical way. :D

    I heard a French woman talking on the radio the other day about the riots in France. Her English wasn't brilliant (though still a lot better than my French), & I couldn't help but laugh at the way she mangled some of her pronunciation. And yet, it still sounded far more attractive to listen to than a German mangling English in the same way. Apologies to any Germans reading this...
     
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  13. Omar

    Omar Most Inquisitive Junior Jazzer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 9, 2017
    Marbella, Spain
  14. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A clip from Not The Nine O'Clock News featuring Pamela Stephenson interviewing her future husband spoofing Janet Street Porter.
     
  15. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Oh please don't post stuff from the saddest, most embarrassing & most racist "comedy" ever to appear on British TV. Imagine the brief:

    "let's make a sitcom & laugh at (mainly brown skinned) foreigners who don't understand our language properly"

    Hugely embarrassing, & long-forgotten over here.
     
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  16. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Except most of the jokes were aimed squarely at the teacher, a typical Englishman and British attitudes in general, not the 'foreign' students...
     
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  17. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    I'm well gruntled when I get to play my guitar.
     
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  18. rich815

    rich815 Strat-O-Master

    In the English language we chop a tree down. Then we chop it up.

    Also, close the door and come sit close to me.
     
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  19. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    We chop a tree down, then we chop it up into firewood. :sneaky:
     
  20. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 13, 2012
    Here
    Yes, it would. That you don't know a word does not mean it is not real.
     
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