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Queer English

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Some quirks found in modern English

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Soon after Prince ate the thesaurus, strange things began to happen...

Plurals

We'll begin with a box and the plural is boxes.
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.

The one fowl is a goose but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of mouse should never be meese.

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Imperfect grammar

Here's some perfectly nonsensical grammar...

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Why it's hard to pronounce English

The present is a good time to present the present.

The bandage was wound around the wound.

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Spelling

Why isn't 'phonetic' spelled the way it sounds?

Why is it so hard to remember how to spell 'mnemonic'?

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Words that don't exist, but probably should

Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

Phonesia: The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.

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Words that exist, but probably shouldn't

An oxymoron is a contradiction in terms, such as "a deafening silence", "tight slacks", "plastic glasses" and "pretty ugly".

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Puns

We made this page for pun.

A chicken crossing the road is pure poultry in motion.

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Other puzzling questions

Why does no word in the English language rhyme with month, orange, silver or purple?

Why are they called stairs inside but steps outside?

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