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post #1 of 31 Old 09-04-2018, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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English Language is Fun

Is it:

A Web site about jobsites

A Web site about job sites

A website about jobsites

A website about job sites.

I spent quite a bit of time online and found a lot of different opinions.

This all started because:

Dewalt has a job site saw.

Sawstop has a jobsite saw.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something -Plato

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In the 1940's a scrollsaw was a jigsaw and a jigsaw was a scrollsaw. Somewhere about 1960 they got reversed. Of course we park on a driveway and drive on a park way. Is there a difference between this Saturday and next Saturday. And if pm means post meridian ie after noon, is 12:00 noon, am or pm? You boss may make short shrift of your request for a raise. Have you ever heard of a long Shrift and do you even know what a shrift is? Why doesn't head rhyme with bead? Why do raise and raze have opposite meanings and the same pronunciation?
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Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo is a valid, grammatically correct english statement.

English is what happens when you beat up other languages for spare bits of grammar. Dont expect it to make sense...
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At one time the only web site was where the nasty spiders were hanging out and building their trap.

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Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

And if I send you something by truck, it's a shipment, but if it goes by ship, its a cargo.

Alexis de Tocqueville was a very smart man.
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If "cough" is pronounced as "coff," then why isn't "plough" pronounced as "ploff?"
I have a friend who teaches a class in EASL to foreign students. He has a hard time explaining some of the idiosyncrasies of the English language. For foreigners, English is a difficult language to learn. In fact, from what I have seen, a lot of Americans haven't learned it.
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INDEED calls themselves a "jobsite", I guess MONSTER.COM does too. So add that to the confusion.
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Ghoti, phonetically, = 'fish.' Come over. We will nog some eggs and have a drink.

You soon learn the stupidities of the english language when you start writing (successfully) for the money.

If you have 3 words, the vowel order is I>A>O
If you have 2 words, the vowel order is I then A or O.

And you all know the "Rule of Ablaut Reduplication?"

opinion>size>age>shape>color>origin>material>purpo se>Noun.

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Ghoti, phonetically, = 'fish.' Come over. We will nog some eggs and have a drink.

You soon learn the stupidities of the english language when you start writing (successfully) for the money.

If you have 3 words, the vowel order is I>A>O
If you have 2 words, the vowel order is I then A or O.

And you all know the "Rule of Ablaut Reduplication?"

opinion>size>age>shape>color>origin>material>purpo se>Noun.
You really got down to the Nitty Gritty you old Fuddy Duddy!
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FrankC: you got that right.

Editors are such a crop of idiots that you have to teach them english, first.
There are several really good text-books to use to learn to write for money.

Somebody wants First Rights for no more than $0.08/word.
Then you twist it around and sell it twice for $0.06 per word.
That's $0.20 per word in my pocket. Food on my table!

I'm watching my grape crop color up every day now. The pickers will come end of this month.
I've got lots of wood carving I like and autumn chores to get done.
I quit writing as a piece of my jobs after 4 decades with a pen in my hand.

Life is really very, very good.
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If "cough" is pronounced as "coff," then why isn't "plough" pronounced as "ploff?"
I have a friend who teaches a class in EASL to foreign students. He has a hard time explaining some of the idiosyncrasies of the English language. For foreigners, English is a difficult language to learn. In fact, from what I have seen, a lot of Americans haven't learned it.
The problem is that many Americans havent LEARNT it correctly.

If they had they would know that if a flashlight is is on continuously, its a torch.

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In England, the flashlight is an electric torch....even though it is battery operated.
Learnt- depends on which side of the Atlantic. Sort of like "colour," and "color." Interesting that "colour" is highlighted in red by my Spellcheck, indicating it is misspelled. Air youse guys takeing knotes?

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Pull all the arabic out of our english language and we will not have so much as an alphabet.
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Not sure if this thread is funny or depressing.
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Not sure if this thread is funny or depressing.
İ think English is not funny its depressing i am study english lesson one year .. i am still elementary english...i will not give up ...English and Turkish very different ... English grammar isnt easy...

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There have been various attempts at a universal language like Esperranto. Also various attempt to simplify English spelling. One proposal would totally eliminate the letter "c" substituting the letters "K" or "S"S accordingly. "PH" would be replaced by "f" and a few changes in vowels to reduce the complicated differences in words that should otherwise rhyme. I understand it was proposed in the European Union and was under serious consideration for a while. Circus becomes Sirkus, bisikle. Filadelfia, etc
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Why do they call them "apartments" if they are all stuck together?

Why is the word infinitesimal so big?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Why do we cut a tree up after we have already cut it down?

Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?

Why is phonics not spelled the way it sounds?

Why do 'tug' boats push their barges?
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And how do you know when sour cream goes bad?
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And how do you know when sour cream goes bad?
When it decides to come out the wrong way? lol
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The alphabet is Phoenician plus there is a little Greek mixed in it. I have heard of the alphabet described as Greco-Phoenician. An example would be the upper case Greek letters. Oh, yes, let's not forget Latin.

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