Bad Language  

rm_jayR63 59F
1205 posts
7/26/2005 3:36 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Bad Language

That's what English is,
just a bad language.
on the pronounciation or spelling,
it can mean three different things.

DINGY (rhymes with "ring ee" )
This is used to described a person who behaves in an odd or silly way.
Take for instance, the word "dingy".


DINGY (rhymes with "dinge ee" )
Used to describe clothing not obviously dirty but with an unwashed appearance.

DINGHY (rhymes with "ring ee" )
a small boat.

How can anyone figure all this out?

I especially applaud those whose first language isn't English for learning this mess.

DirtyLilSecret61 55F

7/26/2005 7:27 pm

... and then there was Ernestine, who dealt with ringy-dingys all day long, one at a time.


rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/26/2005 8:06 pm

..and that's the TRUTH, Lil

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

7/26/2005 8:57 pm

do you read or have you read?
Can you sow or can you sew? or is it just a pig(sow)? do you think so?
you knew whats new?
do you work at a gym with Jim?
you can have a goose and you can have geese
you can have a moose but you can't have meese?
you own a blouse but do you own several bleese?
you have a many mice or one mouse
you have many dice but never a douse?

Have you met a Shawn and a Sean?

rm_indophilist 36M

7/26/2005 10:38 pm

I agree.
Consider antagonyms or contranyms, single words
with exact opposite meanings.
e.g. qualify, sanction, cleave...and so on
The list is suprisingly long.

The qualified candidates work on the project was a qualified success.

Strange, isn't it?

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/27/2005 4:24 pm

I'm all for reviving Latin.

rm_mieze626 52F
145 posts
7/27/2005 4:55 pm're so right...i'm german, my english is not that bad, i know that word, but never thougt about it when i used it...

expatbrit49 62M

7/27/2005 5:24 pm

Well it gives you the excuse to use the wrong one

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

rm_connor696 60M
834 posts
7/27/2005 8:47 pm

I recently came across a stultifyingly long and silly poem on just this subject (seventeen stanzas, some of them with twenty lines). Here's one of the shorter stanza:

Just compare, dear, beard and heard
Dies and diet, lord and word
Sword and sward, retain and Britain
(Mind the latter how it's written);
Made has not the sound of bade,
Say said, pay paid, laid but plaid.
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague
But be careful how you speak,
Say: gush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak,
Previous, precious, fuschia, via,
Recipe, pipe, studding-sail, choir,
Woven, oven, how, and low,
Sript, receipt, shoe, poem, toe

As I recently read: America is one of the few countries that has spelling competitions--or needs to have them.

mnfun952 102M

7/27/2005 9:50 pm

.... I'm just wondering ... good food. Should it be Gud Fud or Gude Fude? Now grab your staubzauger and see what you can do with your Kopfkissen.

German just makes more sense... Stuabzauger...dust sucker (vacuum cleaner) or Kopfkissen... head kisser (pillow) - these things are what they are... and there's no need to come up with a brand new word....

ProtonicMan 47M

7/27/2005 10:09 pm

Thank you, indophilist, for the vocabulary lesson.

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

7/28/2005 7:23 am

Then there's what George Bernard Shaw said about how "ghoti" could be pronounced "fish" if you took the "gh" from "cough", the "o" from "women" and the "ti" from "nation".

14u24me34all 51M
235 posts
7/28/2005 12:16 pm

So basically you can describe my girlfriend,my boat and my wardrobe
with 2 words/ 2 phonetics.....what a word-thrift! Got a shorter word
for efficiency?

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
7/28/2005 1:45 pm

well no need for me to comment on this one

I'm a

i'm here to stay

bella_ 47F
4030 posts
7/28/2005 2:37 pm

I once read that english is the most difficult language to learn. Your example certainly proves it!

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/28/2005 7:06 pm


AmberSolaire 42M

7/28/2005 8:52 pm

I have always been told english is the easiest to learn.I managed to pick it up at an early

Now I have to figure out how to type it.

22_nova 38M
60 posts
7/29/2005 1:11 am

ur the frist person i see answering there onw blog nice

Niceguymark4949 46

7/29/2005 1:19 pm

Ding Dong Check out my Schlong - Like English it aint pretty but it can still be fun!!!

_CoffeeNoCream_ 52F

7/30/2005 1:34 am

English isnt easy...

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/30/2005 5:12 pm

MnFun German is so harsh
Espanol is too fast.
I always found French very nice. Kind of sexy.
A lot of soft sounds

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/30/2005 5:15 pm

Honni I fear I would cough something up trying to speak Czech.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/30/2005 5:16 pm


rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/30/2005 5:17 pm

Coffee ,you're right. It sure ain't.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
7/31/2005 7:40 pm

Sorry you missed the joke Nikki

SirMounts 102M

8/15/2005 5:59 am

I believe that the French language has 600,000 words... the English language, six million. It appears that even the French do one thing right.

AlbertPrince 57M

8/17/2005 9:07 am

How do you pronounce ... ough??

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