English or Nonsense?

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I was watching a program today and saw something that made me think about our language. Who came up with the meaning of some words and why hasn’t someone corrected it?

Why do we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?


While you are reading, check out Michael Kwan’s post on Beyond the Rhetoric about Moot and Mute


4 thoughts on “English or Nonsense?

    betshopboy said:
    April 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    The other day I came across a tweet which keeps me wondering: why are the phrase “fat chance” & “slim chance” have rather similar meaning when the word “fat” & “slim” are completely opposite!


      Ray Ebersole said:
      April 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      Another example of the English language is so confusing to people trying to learn it.

      Michael Kwan said:
      April 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm

      Ha! That’s a good one.

      I think part of the issue is that English is inherently a mish-mash of several different languages, taking bits and pieces for Latin-based languages, Germanic languages, and so on.

      Michael Kwan said:
      April 16, 2010 at 11:31 pm

      Though that doesn’t really explain this specific example.

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