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Old 11-17-2011, 11:44 PM   #15
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Why is rush hour traffic so slow ?
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:10 AM   #16
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Don't forget the new "ghetto english" which seems to be growing more popular daily
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If you you take the "gh" from enough, the "o" from women, and the "ti" from nation, then "ghoti" is pronounced "fish"
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:21 AM   #18
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If you you take the "gh" from enough, the "o" from women, and the "ti" from nation, then "ghoti" is pronounced "fish"
Now that was good!
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If you have a horse voice why do you say "I have a frog in my throat?"
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It is not just English, in which a 'same' spelled word means something different depending on where it is in a sentence.

My kennel name is Inua. It can mean 'spirit' or it can mean 'spirit of the north' or a couple of other things-- all depending on where it is in a sentence and what other words are before and after.

A peice of useless trivia for today...........................

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If you have a horse voice why do you say "I have a frog in my throat?"
Because the actual word is hoarse, not horse.
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If you have a horse voice why do you say "I have a frog in my throat?"
If you have a horse voice you say neigh.

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What makes it even more fun is that English is really several languages mushed together and split apart again. So English English (IE: The Queen's English) and American English are quite different in many places (Cookie for example, or Biscuit).

And of course there are two ways to say most anything (or more) in both flavors of English.

Example: "Thusly proclaimed the deity: ENSUE ILLUMINATION and illumination thus ensued"

You have heard that phrase before I'm fairly sure.. Most folks can even name the book it appears in.... But.. You need to translate it from French based English to German based English first.
It is also interesting on how the English language has morphed from Anglo-Saxon along with words from French and some other languages.

Way back when, I was in a language class and we listened to English English from the north (Scotland) to southern England. Even worse than American English north to south.
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Why is rush hour traffic so slow ?
Dialog exchange in a TV show (McMillian and Wife) McMillian (Rock Hudson) How much longer before we get there?... Driver "at this rate at least 2 hours" McMillan: How long if we walk? Driver: Five minutes, it's in the next block. McMillian: Pick us up.

Why do we park in a drive way and drive on a parkway?

To the person who ask why this country does not have an official language.

I agree. We need a law and we need it NOW. American english (As spoken by Walter C.) to be the official language coast to coast.

Then all these "native language" lawsuits would just flat go POOF!

When my grandparents moved to Los Angles,, The language they spoke was German.. All the kids (Save the one not yet born.... my Mother) spoke German.. But Grandpa layed down the law: IF we are to LIVE in America we will SPEAK like Americans" and so American English became the law of the house.
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The DW teaches English. One of her foreign students requested that she explain the passage "The branches of the tree reached clear to the ground".
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Dialog exchange in a TV show (McMillian and Wife) McMillian (Rock Hudson) How much longer before we get there?... Driver "at this rate at least 2 hours" McMillan: How long if we walk? Driver: Five minutes, it's in the next block. McMillian: Pick us up.

Why do we park in a drive way and drive on a parkway?

To the person who ask why this country does not have an official language.

I agree. We need a law and we need it NOW. American english (As spoken by Walter C.) to be the official language coast to coast.

Then all these "native language" lawsuits would just flat go POOF!

When my grandparents moved to Los Angles,, The language they spoke was German.. All the kids (Save the one not yet born.... my Mother) spoke German.. But Grandpa layed down the law: IF we are to LIVE in America we will SPEAK like Americans" and so American English became the law of the house.
I also agree we need to have English declared the official language of the U.S.

The curious thing is attempts by States to have English (or whatever it is we speak) as an official language have been shot down by SCOTUS yet immigrants becoming citizens are required to have a working knowledge of English.
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Never knew that English wasn't the official language of your country.
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