There is no egg in eggplant

Esse foi um texto que passaram para a gente na orientação em Minneapolis. Eu achei engraçado e vai ser útil para as pessoas que estão aprendendo inglês e para quem ensina também.

Adapted from Ian Heydon & Graeme Archer 2002

There is no egg in eggplant

The is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburguer; neither apple or pine in pineapple. And while no one knows what is

in a hotdog, you can be pretty sure it isn’t canine.

English muffins were not invented in England nor French fries in France.

Sweetmeats are candies, while sweet breads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are

square, and guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writes write, but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce, and hammers don’t ham?

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, two meese?

Is cheese the plural of choose? One mouse, 2 mice. On louse, 2 lice. One house, 2 hice?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?

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

Why do people recite at a play, and play at a recital?

Ship by truck or car and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? Park on driveways and drive on parkways?

How can a slim chance and a fat be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposties?

How can the weather be hot as heck one day and cold as heck another? When a house burns up, it burns down. You fill in a form by filling it out and an alarm clock goes off by going on. You get in and out of a car, yet you get on and off a bus. When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

And why, when I wind up my watch, I start it, but when I wind up this essay, I end it?

English is a silly language… it doesn’t know if it is coming or going!!!


2 Comentários (+adicionar seu?)

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    set 05, 2009 @ 18:42:41

    O que me irrita nessa língua são as phrasel verbs.

    Silly and ‘smart’ language.


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