Asylum for the Verbally Insane

Discussion in 'OGF Comedy Corner' started by Fishers of Men, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Fishers of Men

    Fishers of Men Senior Member

    Asylum for the Verbally Insane

    Author unknown

    We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
    But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
    One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
    Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
    You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
    Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

    If the plural of man is always called men,
    Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
    If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
    And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
    If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
    Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

    Then one may be that, and three would be those,
    Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
    And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
    We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
    But thoug h we say mother, we never say methren.
    Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
    But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

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    Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
    There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
    neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
    English muffins weren't invented in England .
    We take English for granted, but if we explore its
    paradoxes, we find that
    quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
    and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

    And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing,
    grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
    Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but
    not one amend.
    If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of
    all but one of them, what do you call it?

    If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
    If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a
    humanitarian eat?
    Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking
    English should be
    committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

    In what other language do people
    recite at a play and play at a recital?
    We ship by truck but send cargo by ship.
    We have noses that run and feet that smell.
    We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
    And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the
    same, while a wise man and
    a wise guy are opposites?

    You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a
    language in which your house
    can burn up as it burns down,
    in which you fill in a form by filling it out,
    and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

    And, in closing, if Father is Pop,
    how come Mother's not Mop?

    I don't like political jokes
    Too many of them get elected.
  2. Wannabitawerm

    Wannabitawerm Flatulent Entreprenuer

    Thanks FOM, as if my headache wasn't worse enough!!