Monday, June 26, 2006

This was SPAM?

The fun thing about my work setup is that viewing spam shows all the things that are normally hidden when you view them in HTML format. This one was in today's spam-folder (formatting left intact);
The English Language. Have you ever wondered why foreigners have trouble with the English Language?. Let's face it. English is a crazy language. There is no egg in the eggplant No ham in the hamburger. And neither pine nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England. French fries were not invented in France. We sometimes take English for granted But if we examine its paradoxes we find that Quicksand takes you down slowly, Boxing rings are square. And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. If writers write, how come fingers don't fing. If the plural of tooth is teeth. Shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth, If the teacher taught, Why didn't the preacher praught. If a vegetarian eats vegetables. What the does a humanitarian eat? Why do people recite at a play, Yet play at a recital? Park on driveways and Drive on parkways. You have to marvel at the unique lunacy. Of a language where a house can burn up as it burns down. And in which you fill in a form by filling it out. And a bell is only heard once it goes! English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (Which of course isn't a race at all) That is why when the stars are out they are visible, but when the lights are out they are invisible, and why it is that when I wind up my watch it starts, but when I wind up this observation, it ends.

The fun here being that trying to find the origin of this is a muddle. There are many blogs, like mine, who attribute it to Spam, official sites that have no authorship, and random quotes and connections that go nowhere. Closest I found was a larger essay by Richard Lederer, "English is a Crazy Language". Too bad his official site doesn't make mention of it. *shrugs*

1 comment:

Mr. X said...

Must be the Democrats again.