I got an email about this the other day and thought that it was fun to read. There are many times when we have to teach things that don’t make sense and don’t seem to follow rules. I’m glad that I’m not trying to teach English. :)

Here are some “weird” things in English:

  1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
  2. The farm was used to produce produce .
  3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  10. I did not object to the object.
  11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  13. They were too close to the door to close it.
  14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  18. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  19. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  20. After I read the book I can say it was read.

More weird phrases:

  • There is no egg in eggplant, ham in hamburger, or apple nor pine in pineapple.
  • Quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
  • Why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing?
  • If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
  • If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
  • A wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

Isn’t English great!

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