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 www.taoofmarc.com
With permission, here is his blog post on 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.