The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.
Sometimes I read and I go wow!I was thinking the same thing!
And I love when that happens!
Just knowing I am thinking along similar lines to someone else is really helpful at times!
Madness Of The English Language
English is the most widely used language in the history of our planet. One in every 7 humans can speak it. More than half of the world’s books and 3 quarters of international mail is in English. Of all the languages, it has the largest vocabulary – perhaps as many as 2 MILLION words. Nonetheless, 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 or French fries in France.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
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?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend, that you comb thru annals of history but not a single annal? 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 preacher praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? If you wrote a letter, perhaps you bote your tongue?
Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
In what 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 wise guy are opposites? How can overlook and oversee be opposites, while quite a lot and quite a few are alike? How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another?
Have you noticed that we talk about certain things only when they are absent? Have you ever seen a horseful carriage or a strapful gown? Met a sung hero or experienced requited love? Have you ever run into someone who was combobulated, gruntled, ruly or peccable? And where are all those people who ARE spring chickens or who would ACTUALLY hurt a fly?
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 clock goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, isn’t a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it.
Well, Novas random word for today is, uleal!
I have no clue what it means!
I tried googling it, and got no definitions!
Anyone have a clue what this word means?
I am stumped!
It is a word I’ve never heard before!
So can some kind person help me out with it?
I even asked seari but she couldnt understand me!
She thought I said Leo!
So I’m all ears! if anyone knows let me know!
Welcome to the 3 things challenge, hosted by Paula of light motifs!
Today paula has given us 3 great words to work with!
They are below!
Today’s prompt: xylophone, mirage, lisp
A mirage of color
Lights up the sky
Blue, yellow, orange
Oh look how bright and beautiful it is
See its beauty
As you start your day
Good morning to all!
A bright sky
A brand new day!
So Novas word of the day for the 11th august was the word lacquer.
The british and irish use this word to mean something you put in your hair, like, we’d say, I sprayed my hair with lacquer.
Lacquer is hairspray, do you US or other European or Canadian folk use hairspray to keep your hair in place?
I use it a lot because I have a lot of little itty bitty bits of hair that are fly away and fly everywhere.
So we call that lacquer. Hair lacquer.
Strange word, isn’t it? I am only now realising how strange that is.
Hair Lacquer makes your hair all hard, so its hard to get it out once its in. You have to wash it out. Its disgusting really as your hair turns crispy lol.
Plus it also smells bad. And it is a chemical and well, those aren’t that good for you, are they?
Still even knowing that, I use it anyway. I guess I am a gluten for punishment.
So have you ever heard of hair lacquer?
Sammi Cox’s Rules:
The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose. You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you. The only rules are these:
•your poem/prose must contain this week’s word. The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
•the length of your poem/prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge. No more. No less.
for some people
to shake them
You really irk me!
but I don’t
I am far to
Nice to do that
Total word count, 30 words!