Posts Tagged ‘language’

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What am I talking about?

March 31, 2014

This post is a re-blog from Just English, with thanks.

I am not sure about the accuracy of the title, but I do appreciate the word play!

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Only the British could invent such a language

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes 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,
Then shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak 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!

And, in closing, if Father is Pop,  how come Mother‘s not Mop?

If people from POLAND are called POLES
then people from HOLLAND should be then HOLES
and what to say about GERMANSGERMS?!

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What am I wondering about?

September 4, 2013

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How did courgettes become zucchini, or vice versa?  Through my exhaustive research, I have found that: Courgette is a French dialectal, diminutive of courge, gourd, from Old French cohourde, from Latin curcurbita.  Zucchini? – same etymological root, but this time coming through Italy.

This vegetable (fruit) is also known as summer squash, vegetable marrow, marrow, and marrow squash, as well as courgettes and zucchini.

In Spain, they are called calabacín, in Polish – cukinia, in Portuguese – aboborinha, in Turkish – kabak,  in Croatian – tikvica, in Japanese – ズッキーニ, and in Arabic – كوسة

Love them, or not, here is a yummy-looking recipe from Frugal Feeding for chocolate cake that incorporates that ubiquitous green item that is the subject of this post.

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Where did I put my apostrophe’s?

September 3, 2012

Photo: Sarah Anne Edwards via A Word A Day

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What did I change my mind about?

August 30, 2012

Or, if you prefer, about what did I change my mind?  I was revving up to do a language usage rant on pet peeves, when I came upon this video of Stephen Fry on language.  Stephen is always fun and the graphics in this video are brilliant.

Thanks to  Just English for this reference, and regarding my rant – never mind.