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    We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
    but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.

    One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
    yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

    You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
    yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

    If the plural of man is always called men,
    why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

    If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet,
    and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

    If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
    why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

    Then one may be that, and three would be those,
    yet hat in the plural would never be hose, and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

    We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
    but though we say mother, we never say methren.

    Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
    but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.

    Let's face it,
    English is a crazy language.

    There is no egg in eggplant,
    nor ham in hamburger;
    neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
    English muffins weren't invented in England.

    We take English for granted.
    But if we explore its paradoxes,
    we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square
    and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea, nor is it a pig.

    And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,
    grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?

    Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends,
    but not one amend?

    If you have a bunch of odds and ends
    and get rid of all but one of them,
    what do you call it?

    If teachers taught,
    why didn't preachers praught?

    If a vegetarian eats vegetables,
    what does a humanitarian eat?

    Sometimes, I think all the folks who grew up speaking English should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
    In what other language do people recite at a play
    and play at a recital?

    Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
    Have noses that run and feet that smell?
    How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
    while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

    You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down; in which you fill in a form by filling it out
    and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

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    English just became a strange language to me
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    A few of those points don't make much sense.
    Such as the vegetarian/humanitarian point. Those are basically beliefs and/or life styles. It would make as much sense as to say Vegetarian and Liberian.
    Hammers and ham? MANY languages have the same characters in multiple words but aren't compound words or anything like that. Just like many or zany. They both have "ANY" but aren't compound or anything related.
    As for quicksand. Look at regular sand, how fast do you sink into that? Takes a few thousands years I bet. Well with quicksand, it only takes a few minutes, and some take less than that.
    Hats, cats, that, those?
    "That" and "those" are demostratives. While, "Hats" and "Cats" are nouns.
    Once again, in Spanish (I believe) you change the word before a noun depending on if it's plural or not.
    I don't know about you but I've been to recitals where people sing.

    I know you didn't write this, Beast, I'm not really talking to you. Rather, while this may be cute at first glance, it isn't that truthful.
    Though the author is right about English being the hardest language to learn. But thats because of street slang we use. "cool," "you're hot," "that's baller."
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    Which is why Japanese can seem easy and hard at the same time. In the Japanese language, their is no plural form. For example, "neko" means "cat" but it can also mean "cats". Context will tell you which one is which. The English language is still so confusing!!
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