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    Hello, later today my teacher gave us this sheet of paper on the English language, it was a interesting read so i thought i would post some of it up here.

    There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; niether apple nor pine in pine apple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. Boxing rings are square and guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

    Ship by truck and send by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

    How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? houses can burn down, but can they also burn up(ill get to this later)? dont you fill in a form by filling it out? and a alarm goes off by going on.

    (this one really got to me) Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "Quick", by all english rhyming laws, shouldn't it?

    There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is UP

    It is easy to understand UP, meaning towards 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 the topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election, and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

    We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times, the little word has real special meanings. 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 stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

    We seem pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, we look the word UP int he dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions(betcha didn't know that). 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 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, it wets the earth and often messes things UP

    When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.

    One could go on and on, but i'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so......Time to shut UP more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the lasting thing you do at night? U-P

    Well, thats what my teacher showed us, hope you will read it and not TLDR. I may post another thing that is on this page, but now i must go polish the polish furniture.

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    I always enjoy thinking about the peculiarities of the English language...

    Why doesn't "Buick" rhyme with "Quick", by all english rhyming laws, shouldn't it?
    The combination of letters "qu" is called a digraph. This means that the pair is treated not at two separate letters with two separate sounds, but as a single character with its own pronunciation. (Another example of a digraph is "th"). On the other hand, in "Buick", the B and the U are treated as separate letters.

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