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Quirky words

quirky wordsEnglish is a tough language to learn. Most of us are fortunate we learned it at such an early age. It is difficult because some words have different (and sometimes opposite meaning) and others are just downright quirky.

Some words should have a clear meaning but they sure don’t. For example, the peanut is a legume, not a nut. Danish pastries were created in Austria. The cute and cuddly Koala bear is a marsupial and not a bear. Panama hats originate from Ecuador, not Panama. There is neither pine nor apple in a pineapple, no egg in eggplant and not a bit of ham in hamburger.

Now, consider these questions.

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Why do you fill in a form by filling it out?

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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 www.taoofmarc.com

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’

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