A Random Wednesday Conversation Starter

We all know that the English language is a pretty vexing thing at times. Even so, there are always things about it that are particularly vexing. What really bugs you about English?

Here’s mine: A guy with a mustache is mustachioed. Where the hell did the ‘i’ and the ‘o’ come from?!

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5 Responses to A Random Wednesday Conversation Starter

  1. SK Waller says:

    My only real problem with the English language is how badly most native-born English speakers torture it.

    Have you ever watched The Story of English? It explains where all of the weirdness comes from.

  2. Roger Owen Green says:

    Will be writing about it, but it's lie/lay.

  3. Lynn says:

    I have to agree with SK. English is fascinating and often entertaining. How could one not love everything about it? However, there was one thing I was thinking about the other day. It greatly bothers me that "mandoline" and "mandolin" are pronounced the same. Or at least they are on the cooking shows. I would be thrilled to learn that they are pronouncing the first one wrong.

  4. Michael May says:

    Its/it's. They should both be it's, if only to keep me from screwing it up constantly and having to go back to correct.

  5. fillyjonk says:

    The fact that "flammable" and "inflammable" actually mean the same thing.

    However, in a broader sense, I get annoyed when people can't use there/their/they're properly, or your/you're. Or who randomly use apostrophes where they don't belong.

    I'm also bugged by people using "Decimated" to mean "totally destroyed" rather than "reduced by 10%" but I recognize I'm on the losing side of history on that one.

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