‘English is a funny language.’ This phrase has been used so often that it has become clichéd. But how funny is English actually? Let’s check out some examples and then you can decide.
Homonyms: Same spelling. Same pronunciation. Different meaning. *scratches head in confusion*
These words by far have to be the most annoying ones, having to think which meaning to use every single time. ‘Bow’ would mean to bend forwards, the front part of a ship, a weapon (bow and arrow), and a ribbon among others. Phew!
Silent letter: An alphabet in a word that doesn’t correspond to any sound in the pronunciation of that word. *head scratching intensifies*
Why have alphabets if they are of no use to how those words sound?! Why unleash such confusion on the common masses L. ‘Christmas’ has no ‘T’ sound, ‘phlegm’ has no ‘G’ sound. Oh the horror trying to spell this based on the word sound!
Homophone: Different spelling. Same pronunciation. Different meaning. *screams in horror*
He killed a bear with his bare hands. The phonetic for both is /bɛː/. Don’t you love us mortals?! -__-
Onomatopoeia: imitation of a natural phenomenon (ex: bird song) by phonetic means.* rolls eyes*
Clink. Meow. Thump. Moo. Like they got tired and just named the words as they sound. *shakes head in disapproval*
These are some of the many things that complicate the English language. But the beauty of the language is its complication, providing numerous ways to interpret and use words to express different ideas and emotions. Yes, it’s a funny language. But it is also the most widely used language and the de facto communication standard across the globe.
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