Proof that English is Crazy (video)

English is widely recognized as a language with irrational and illogical syntax, pronunciation, and structure, and every so often someone likes to prove that point by demonstrating the many contradictory rules about conjugation and pronunciation.

I came across a new video today, and I wanted to share the fun:

English is such a confusing language because it draws from many different sources. I think James Nicoll said it best:

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary.

Nate Hoffelder

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11 Comments

  1. Eric Muller8 April, 2014

    You may also like Ed Rondthaler’s version, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTjeoQ8gRmQ

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    1. Nate Hoffelder8 April, 2014

      LOL That is new to me, thanks!

      Reply
  2. Edward Bear8 April, 2014

    Actually, H. Beam Piper put it even better in one of his novels. IIRC, “English is the outcome of Norman conquerors trying to make dates with Saxon barmaids. And it’s about is legitimate as any of the other results.”

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  3. Becki14 April, 2014

    My favorite is a cartoon: “The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary.”
    Dave Kellett, Sheldon, 02-01-09 (found on http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/40484.html)

    I’d link to his cartoon with this phrase, but his site currently doesn’t have a searchable archive.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder10 September, 2015

      @ Becki

      That’s a good one. Thanks!

      Reply
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