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Vein Vane Vain The English Language Is Insane
10-17-2014, 01:09 PM #1
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I hear the Chinese alphabet has hundreds of letters or characters or whatever they're called...

So by who and how with only twenty six letters did the English language become so warped and twisted around itself...

With so many words sounding exactly the same yet spelled differently with totally different meanings...

And so many other words that sound exactly the same because they are spelled exactly the same yet with totally different meanings...

Its probably because we debased and ripped off and bastardized so many other words from other peoples from other countries and claimed them as our own...

Someone from another country trying to lean the English language must want to tear their hair out from frustration caused by...

Witch wich is which and won and one and to and too and two and vane and vein and vain and in and inn and there and their and they're ect ect ect...

Like wow damn for crying out loud even trying to find the words to explain and understand the explanations is insanity inducing...



Quote: In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and pronunciation but have different meanings. Thus homonyms are simultaneously homographs (words that share the same spelling, regardless of their pronunciation) and homophones (words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of their spelling). The state of being a homonym is called homonymy.

Examples of homonyms are the pair stalk (part of a plant) and stalk (follow/harass a person) and the pair left (past tense of leave) and left (opposite of right). A distinction is sometimes made between "true" homonyms, which are unrelated in origin, such as skate (glide on ice) and skate (the fish), and polysemous homonyms, or polysemes, which have a shared origin, such as mouth (of a river) and mouth (of an animal).

In non-technical contexts, the term "homonym" may be used (somewhat confusingly) to refer to words that are either homographs or homophones. In this looser sense, the word row (propel with oars) and row (argument) and row (a linear arrangement of seating) are considered homonyms, while the words read (peruse) and reed (waterside plant) would be considered homophones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homonym

There are more examples than this following head bending list is showing us and telling us...

Like for instance theres only two words listed for vein (vain and vein) when theres clearly a third word as in (weather) vane...

But anyways heres many but not all of the English words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings...

Word List : Homonyms > http://www.abcteach.com/free/l/list_homonyms.pdf

ad/add
affect/effect
ail/ale
aisle/I'll
ant/aunt
ate/eight
be/bee
beach/beech
beat/beet
bald/bawled
bare/bear
base/bass
billed/build
blew/blue
by/bye/buy
cell/sell
cent/scent/sent
chili/chilly
close/clothes
days/daze
dear/deer
do/dew/due
die/dye
died/dyed
doe/dough
earn/urn
ewe/yew/you
facts/fax
fare/fair
fairy/ferry
feat/feet
fir/fur
flea/flee
flew/flu/flue
flour/flower
for/fore/four
forth/fourth
foul/fowl
groan/grown
guessed/guest
gym/Jim
hair/hare
hairy/Harry
hall/haul
halve/have
he'd/heed
heal/heel
hear/here
heard/herd
hi/high
him/hymn
hour/our
idle/idol
in/inn
it's/its
knead/need
know/no
knows/nose
lay/lei
lead/led
leak/leek
lends/lens
lessen/lesson
lie/lye
links/lynx
loan/lone
lochs/locks/lox
made/maid
mail/male
main/mane
maize/maze
mall/maul
manner/manor
massed/mast
meat/meet
missed/mist
moan/mown
moose/mousse
morning/mourning
muscle/mussel
navel/naval
none/nun
not/knot
oar/or/ore
oh/owe
one/won
overdo/overdue
pail/pale
pane/pain
pair/pare/pear
passed/past
pause/paws
pea/pee
peace/piece
peak/peek
pedal/peddle
pi/pie
plane/plain
pole/poll
pray/prey
presence/presents
pride/pryed
prince/prints
profit/prophet
pros/prose
quarts/quartz
racket/racquet
raise/rays/raze
rap/wrap
read/red
read/reed
real/reel
recede/reseed
review/revue
roe/row
right/rite/write
ring/wring
road/rode/rowed
roam/Rome
role/roll
root/route
rote/wrote
rough/ruff
rye/wry
sachet/sashay
sacks/sax
sail/sale
scene/seen
sea/see
seam/seem
sear/seer
serf/surf
sew/so
shoe/shoo
sic/sick
sighs/size
Sioux/sue
slay/sleigh
soar/sore
sole/soul
some/sum
son/sun
sonny/sunny
soot/suit
stair/stare
stake/steak
straight/strait
suite/sweet
tea/tee
team/teem
tense/tents
tern/turn
their/there/they're
threw/through
throne/thrown
tic/tick
to/too/two
toad/told
toe/tow
toon/tune
urn/earn
vain/vein
vary/very
verses/versus
vial/vile
vice/vise
wade/weighed
wail/whale
waist/waste
waive/wave
walk/wok
war/wore
ware/wear/where
we/wee
we'd/weed
we're/were
weak/week
whine/wine
whoa/woe
wood/would
yoke/yolk
you're/your
you'll/yule
10-23-2014, 07:40 PM #2
Accidental Stoner Member
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chuckle.gif

You ought to check out Finnish, man...
10-23-2014, 07:45 PM #3
yankees skier
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chuckle.gif

Biere.
10-23-2014, 07:48 PM #4
yankees skier
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ver, verre,vert,vair,vers en francais aussi.

Biere.
10-23-2014, 07:53 PM #5
Accidental Stoner Member
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Hm.

What if you're Chinese and have to use one of these:

İmage

Tricky... 13.gif
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10-23-2014, 08:21 PM #6
Not Gumby Incognito Anonymous
 
So confusing Ive taken to just grunting when people speak with me

1 grunt is yes
2 is no
10-23-2014, 08:47 PM #7
Accidental Stoner Member
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10-23-2014, 08:51 PM #8
yankees skier
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(10-23-2014, 08:21 PM)Not Gumby Wrote:  So confusing Ive taken to just grunting when people speak with me

1 grunt is yes
2 is no

I normally only grunt when doing #2, not #1. chuckle.gif

Biere.
10-23-2014, 08:54 PM #9
Accidental Stoner Member
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10-23-2014, 09:37 PM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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In Swedish there are many such instances as well...

The most frightening would be the word gift which means:

1) Married
2) Poison

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10-24-2014, 10:36 AM #11
Anonymous Kritter Incognito Anonymous
 
(10-23-2014, 07:40 PM)Accidental Stoner Wrote:  chuckle.gif

You ought to check out Finnish, man...

Tried it once but could never make it to the line chuckle.gif


oh and Octo are you aware of or have ever heard the phrase that language is a virus , reason being is children learn/ get language from adults or other children who then when they're older/ adults pass it on to their children and so on language gets passed on just like a virus and there's even a movie somewhat about this. It's called Pontypool might want to check it out , kid of zombie like but still a cool little nail biter of a flick

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226681/
10-24-2014, 01:18 PM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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That's an interesting analogy, but sure, language is like that. It even mutates between generations. I think we saw that movie, but not sure hmm.gif
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10-24-2014, 01:24 PM #13
Anonymous Kritter Incognito Anonymous
 
(10-24-2014, 01:18 PM)Octo Wrote:  That's an interesting analogy, but sure, language is like that. It even mutates between generations. I think we saw that movie, but not sure hmm.gif

Heard about language being like a virus from a speech pathologist she explained it as because it basically jumps from person to person and each person is a 'new ' host it could fall under the term of virus but her explanation wold fill 3 pages so I short formed it and that movie isn't to bad if you want to watch more of a suspense/ thriller type movie rather than a horror type, has some parts that will make you jump
10-24-2014, 01:42 PM #14
Accidental Stoner Member
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(10-23-2014, 09:37 PM)Octo Wrote:  In Swedish there are many such instances as well...

The most frightening would be the word gift which means:

1) Married
2) Poison

damned.gif

chuckle.gif

Useful hint..?
10-24-2014, 01:43 PM #15
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Thx for the movie tip, AK!


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