Weird words – a guest post

Below is a reprint (is that the right word?) of a blog post by a new friend.  I met Marc Kray at a gathering of people who like Iowa Hawkeye football. (So, he has to be a good guy)     Marc is a realtor in Loveland, and I had no idea he had a blog until he shared this post on weird words with me.

His blog is

With permission, here is his blog post on words:

Weird Words

The English language (funny in and of itself considering the  “English” spoken in England is vastly different than the  “English” spoken in the US and other places) is full of strange  words, double meanings, double spellings, and just all-around bizarreness that  I couldn’t help but start a list.  Send  me your favorite weird words and I’ll add them here.

In no particular order (just the order I wrote them down  here):

Weird – i before e except after c, and except in some proper  nouns, and except in the word ‘weird’

Palindrome – not a palindrome

Phonetic – not spelled the way it sounds

Monosyllabic – pentasyllabic

Driveway – where I park the car

Occupational Therapy – turns out it has nothing to do with  your job

Neighbor, Sleigh, Height – and any other words with a silent  gh…what’s with the gh?

Queue – can’t we just spell it “Q”?

Cue – see above

Llama – is the second l really necessary?

Route – is it pronounced “rowt” or  “root”?

Answer – no one pronounces the w, do they?

Woman & Women – why does the first syllable  pronunciation change?  why not the second  syllable?

Any word with a ph that makes an f sound – why do we need ph  if we have f?

Their, There, They’re – possession, location,  subject/verb…in that order

Your & You’re – possession, subject/verb…again, in  that order

Definitely – there’s never an “a” and there never  has been

A lot – don’t leave out the space–Alot is not a word

Sense, Cents, Scents – no wonder other language speakers  hate English

Doubt & Debt – what’s with the b?

Know, Knee, Knife – if there’s a k, you should have to say  the k

Wind & Wind – yes, these are two very different words

Desert, Desert, Dessert – arid geographical region, to  abandon, sweet tasty deliciousness

Sewer & Sewer – my wife likes to sew, but if you send a  text calling her a sewer, be ready for backlash

Book, Look, Good vs. Noon, Boom, Soon – why do the same two  vowels make different sounds?

One & Won – I one the game by won point

Two, Too, To – who thought of this crap?

Who – hoo?

Perhaps Gallagher said it best.  N-U-M-B!

Here’s a fun activity (funtivity) if you’re bored. Open Word  (or another word processing program). Type a common word in a large font, say  about size 72. If you need a word, try “edit”, a perfectly normal  word. Now highlight the word with your cursor and arrow down through the list of fonts. Watch the word go from completely normal to totally unusual. Good  times.

-Marcus Kray

August 2011


3 responses to “Weird words – a guest post

  1. Thanks for the post, Bob!

  2. Puhleeze, spare me/us the politically correct who dare instruct us on the use of English while violating the most basic rules. Specifically, the blogger wrote, “Answer – no one pronounces the w, do they?” “No one” is singular and requires “he”, not “they,” not “he/she”, not anything but “he.” And it doesn’t matter how many feminazis insist that to use “he” or “him” is sexist. If they don’t like the English language, they can go invent another; just don’t call it “English,” and stop terrorizing the folks who know, love, and use it properly.

  3. go and study the History of the English language from Ild English to new modern English? and you’ll find out why we spell and say it the way we do)))) I’m not a native speaker. but the rules must be obeyed