English has some very strange rules to it, and some strange words that come out of it.
You have one goose & one moose, but you don’t have two meese.
One is a house, one is a mouse, one is a louse, but you’re not going to find two mouses or louses. And you’ll never have two hice.
You might see an ox, a fox, or a box. You’ll even see two oxen, but never two foxen or boxen. And oxes? Nope.
One foot is a foot but two feet are not foots.
One boot is a boot but two boots are not beet or beets, they’re boots.
A deer is a deer and two deer are two deer, but a steer is a steer and two steers are not two steer.
We hang up the phone even though we put it down. Why don’t we say we hang down the phone?
And speaking of phone, it’s spelled with a ‘ph’ but pronounced with an ‘f’. Isn’t that phun?
The words ‘cough’, ‘tough’ and ‘enough’ end with an ‘f’ sound, but the word ‘though’ doesn’t.
When something is out in the open is it out or is it in?
And you might lose a tooth or even a couple of teeth, but adding a second booth doesn’t give you beeth
If you look to see who took a book from the nook, can you lake to saw who take a bake from the nake?
English numbers are even crazier:
1. The words ‘one’ and ‘won’ rhyme, but only one of them starts with ‘w’.
2. ‘Two’ has a ‘w’, but so do ‘twin, twice and twenty’, but why don’t we pronounce the ‘w’ in ‘two’?
3. ‘Three’ becomes ‘thirty’ in the ordinal sense, but why isn’t it ‘threty’ or ‘threety’?
4. There’s a ‘u’ in the number four, but multiply it by ten and it loses ‘u’ (forty).
5. ‘Five’ loses its ‘v’ in ‘fifth’ and ‘fifty’ but unlike ‘live’, its plural is ‘fives’ and not ‘fifes’.
6. ‘Six’ is pretty straightforward, except for its tricks; when being pronounced, it can be confused with ‘sex’.
7. Since ‘seven’ rhymes with ‘heaven’, where is its ‘a’?
8. ‘Eight’ has to be the strangest of all, we get it from German, ‘gh’ and all.
9. ‘Nine’ is fine just as it is (I struggled to find something to add to this list, but it escaped my wit, so it must be dismissed).
10. ‘Ten’ won’t get away so easily, its ordinal version when multiplied by itself doesn’t follow to pattern of its younger siblings tenth, twentieth, thirtieth, fortieth, fiftieth, sixtieth, seventieth, eightieth, ninetieth), if it did it would be the ‘tenthieth’.
If something is ‘out of whack’, then what is ‘whack’?
And why do ‘flammable’ and ‘inflammable’ mean the same thing?