Funny English Words
Probably no other language has as many strange, quirky and funny words as English. This is good news for those who like a laugh because there are so many possibilities for a joke.
If you stop and think about certain English words, you cannot help wondering about the quirky logic of their derivation.
CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
Outtakes of Funny English Words
Following a query from Moray, further research by Will indicates these statements may not tell the whole truth.
Fries may well have originated in 19th century France. However, as with so many "inventions" / "discoveries" others make claims as well. Belgium has been mentioned in this regard. Between the wars the Americans began to eat fried potato and for some reason referred to them as French fries. Will the truth ever be known?
As for English muffins: it appears that in the USA muffins are known as 'English' muffins. Incidentally, Guy wonders if this naming phenomenon is more widespread, because in Wales we have what English speakers call 'Welsh cakes', but indigenous old-timer call them 'Round cakes'.
Back to the English muffins, I refer you to this excerpt from Wikipedia: An old English nursery rhyme, "The Muffin Man", describes a door-to-door purveyor of muffins. The rhyme was known at the time of Jane Austen in the early 19th century, and a muffin man is mentioned at one point in her novel Persuasion. The muffins sold at this period were made of yeasted dough and baked on a hot griddle.
The etymology of the name is from moofin first used in 1703, derived from
the Low German Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake, or possibly
with some connection to the Old French moufflet meaning soft as said of
Muffins are a quick-baking bread and have become a tea-table staple. They are usually split, toasted, buttered and then eaten with a savoury or sweet topping such as honey.
Eye halve a spelling chequer. It came with my pea sea (PC). It plainly marques four my revue miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word and weight four it two say weather eye am wrong oar write. It shows me strait a weigh. As soon as a mist ache is maid it nose bee fore two long. And than eye can put the error rite.
Its rarely ever wrong. Eye have run this let tar threw it. I am pleased two tell you its letter perfect. My checker tolled me sew.
It's not that these English words are funny, its just that Will and I challenge you to include them in your repertoire and slip them into conversation.
the quiddity of grandees that they have a predilection to imbue sesquipedalian words.
The examples of 'Misnomers' were reported in The Guardian newspaper in February 2006. Will and Guy find this collection of quirky phrases both informative and amusing:
English Is A Funny Language Says Expert
More Quirky English Words
Approximately 100 quirky words mark English people out from the rest of the English-speaking world have been detailed in a new book: "Jolly Wicked Actually: The 100 Words That Make Us English, by Tony Thorne, a language expert and consultant at King's College London, details the words that have become synonymous with the modern English language. The book details some of the best known slang words used in the English language and speculates where they could have derived from, including "fab", one of the few 1960s words meaning trendy; "fusspot", meaning "anxiety" first used 300 years ago; and "naff", which possibly derives from *NAAFI, the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.
* The Navy, Army & Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) was established in 1921 and serves those who serve in the British Armed forces and their families.
This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election (if there is a tie, it is a toss UP) and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.
At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is blocked UP.
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with UP to a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, the earth soaks it UP. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now. My time is UP!
Oh, one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?
Did that one crack you UP?
Don't screw UP. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book. Or not; it's UP to you.
Now I'll shut UP!
Will and Guy Think:
On a different note though, perhaps we can hope that some politicians will be devoted.
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