Is there anything stranger than our English language?? Consider these:
- Why is “abbreviated” is such a long word?
- Why is “phonics” not spelled the way it sounds?
- Why do “overlook” and “oversee” mean opposite things?
- Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing?
- Why does “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?
- Why do “tug” boats push their barges?
- Why is it called “after dark” when it really is “after light”?
- Doesn’t “expecting the unexpected” make the unexpected expected?
- Why are a “wise man” and a “wise guy” opposites?
- Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?
- Why are they called “stands” when they are made for sitting?
- Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway ?
- Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
And here’s a couple of questions to chew on…
Q – If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
Q – If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
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