Definitive Proof That the English Language is Unnecessarily Difficult (17 Pics)

There are a ton of rules and exceptions in the English language that make it incredibly difficult for people learn. Here are just a few examples… [via buzzfeed]


50 responses to Definitive Proof That the English Language is Unnecessarily Difficult (17 Pics)

  1. Yeah, like all of the “Have you ever looked at an English word” words are not English. I know we use them in the English language, but you’ll have to blame the French for queue, for example.

    1. We didn’t have to pinch queue from the French though. We could have just left it, like we could have left all those other words from other languages that means we have no consistent spelling rules in English any more. But no, we needed to queue for our pajamas whilst on a yacht.

      1. “Any more”? Since when? Like the 1200s? No we couldn’t have just “left all those other words from other languages.” English is by its very nature a mashing together of Germanic and Latin languages. If it hadn’t taken all those other words from those other languages, it would pretty much just be a dialect of either French of German.

  2. Honestly, English is just about one of the easiest existing languages. No wonder it’s spoken all over the world.

      1. Dear you two. You guys didn’t invade most of Europe. For one at least not my country. And yet I still speak English fluently. It’s fucking easy, deal with it.

        1. Dude, the language in terms of speaking is easy. However the written word is not. As I’ve gotten better at it, it’s been made harder.

        2. What makes you think they’re talking about America, asshole? “The sun never sets in the BRITISH EMPIRE”?? Asshole??

        1. I’m also a native English speaker and I have never heard bother pronounced in a way it would rhyme with father, so at least in the part of England I live in it’s pronounced boh-ther rhyming with mother.

          1. In America, at least 99% of it, bother rhymes with father. I can’t say it rhymes in all of America cause idk maybe someone has a weird jersey accent but it would still rhyme……so ya bother and father rhyme in all of America. It probably has to deal with accents between England and America

  3. Axolotl is not really an English word, though. It’s from the Nahuatl worlds ‘atl’ (water) and xolotl (servant). Although, as James Nicoll puts it: “We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.”

  4. Where the fuck do people pronounce “woman” like “wee-man”? I pronounce it “woo-man” and that fish post makes no goddamn sense to me. Is it regional somewhere in the world? Somewhere in America?

    1. Where the heck are you from? It’s not “wee-man” and “woo-man”

      It’s “weh-men” and “wuh-men”

    2. The short “i” sound is like “ih”, as in “fish”. Also, the word is “women”, not “woman”. Many people pronounce “woman” (singular) as “wooh-men” and “women” (plural) as “wimmin”.

    3. That’s a *really* old joke. Old enough that my grandfather had a tacky slice of wood with that burned in it.

  5. Hello, british person here! I pronounce it “woo-man” and “woo-men” for the plural. Americans are not the sole speakers of the *English* language

    1. With Latin and Greek roots. Dialects and accents are a fickle thing. I spell it cypher, he spells it cipher, honor and honour, and so on.

  6. Yes, the English language is a mess because it has no structure.

    But in exchange it’s the most versatile and varied language.

    1. The English language doesn’t just steal from other languages – it chases them into alleys and beats them up.

  7. Exiles, similes, and reviles;
    Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
    Solar, mica, war and far;
    One, anemone, Balmoral,
    Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
    Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
    Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
    Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
    Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
    Blood and flood are not like food,
    Nor is mould like should and would.
    Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
    Toward, to forward, to reward.
    And your pronunciation’s OK
    When you correctly say croquet,
    Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
    Friend and fiend, alive and live.
    Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
    And enamour rhyme with hammer…


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