Tuesday, December 15, 2009
English Doesn't Make Sense!
My son yelled from the kitchen table, "English just doesn't make sense! It doesn't even follow it's own rules and lots of words can be confused with others."
"What's confusing you?" I asked.
"Nothing. Just think about it... bow can be a bow on a present or a bow tie or it can be pronounced like ow and then it means to bend over."
"You forgot that it can also mean part of a musical instrument."
He smacked his forehead and groaned as only a teenager can. "Why do I have to learn this stuff?"
"It's good for your character." I laughed.
He didn't think it was funny. It's true that English is one of the most difficult languages to master. I think it's because we're a melting pot of so many other languages. Context is key when deciding which "bow" is the correct one. I think that might be a good lesson to apply to a lot of things. If we take Bible verses out of context their meanings no longer make sense and they can be used in ways that aren't true to the rest of Scripture. If we try and listen to what people say in context to their situation and personality, maybe we'd be able to have less misunderstandings.
Do you have words you regularly mix up when reading? Do you like to play word games or do they frustrate you?
Posted by Margaret Metz at 3:42 PM