English is a very PHUNNY language

Language is a funny thing. And English is funnier / phunnier than most. Horseradish is another strange beast. Is it a particular favourite sauce amongst our equine friends? Is it made up of bits of horse-meat cunningly disguised? Perhaps we’re better not knowing . . .

I’m going to periodically try adding to this list of confusing words, just for the fun of it.

If you have some favourite barmy additions, put them in the comments.

This post could run and run.

SPEAKZEASY

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Don’t give up on English.  French:——-N’est-ce pas ?  English——Right ?tebut ADUMBRATE:—-foreshadow or reveal. to overshadow or conceal, to outline in a shadowy way —or to reveal some, conceal some. 

There are combinations of words that don’t  make sense.  RAISE means to build up.  RAZE means to tear down.  The opposite of FASTEN is LOOSEN but UNFASTEN and UNLOOSEN are the same.  If you look over something, you give it a good look.  If you overlook it, you don’t look at it at all.  If you oversee it, you give it a good look again. 

The word AWFUL used to mean something AWE-INSPIRING, like a Cathedral but the kids who go there on Sundays said, ” You ever see such an awful Church ?”  “No, I’ve seen Churches, but this takes the cake for awful,” and they would make gagging sounds, and the word acquired the meaning it has now. 

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