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Strange english

  1. May 23, 2005 #1


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    We must polish the Polish furniture.

    He could lead if he would get the lead out.

    The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

    Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

    A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

    When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

    I did not object to the object.

    The bandage was wound around the wound.

    The farm was used to produce produce.
    The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

    The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

    There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

    They were too close to the door to close it.

    The buck does funny things when the does are present.

    A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

    To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

    The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

    After a number of injections my jaw got number.

    Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

    I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

    How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
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  3. May 23, 2005 #2


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    And there you have the biggest reason that I'm glad I don't have to learn english as a second language :D
  4. May 23, 2005 #3
    Not to mention the pronunciation of vowels that even native english speakers can't seem to agree on. Romance languages make much more sense phonetically.
  5. May 23, 2005 #4
    I got one! I got one!
    He could not bear that silly bear.
    Thanks you that is all.
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    Scone- does it rhyme with alone, or gone?
  7. May 23, 2005 #6
    Well, the place Scone always rhymes with alone. The crumbly cake of the same name goes either way.
  8. May 23, 2005 #7
    Not a subject I want to get into. All I know is that scone does not rhyme with aunt.
  9. May 23, 2005 #8
    "He shan't play a shanty." "Shan't he?"

    No, that was rubbish.
  10. May 23, 2005 #9
    i think that depends on how you pronounce aunt...
  11. May 23, 2005 #10
    Et tu Gale? :cry:
  12. May 23, 2005 #11
    English has to be one of the easiest languages. It is my second language yet I now know it better than my first language(Polish). I was born in Canada and of course was raised with the polish language, and then when school came around I had to learn french(I lived in Quebec) and that was easy to do. Within a few months I was fluent in French. When third grade came around, I moved to Arizona and didn't know a word of English. I went to school normally and within a month I was able to talk to everyone in my class and I was fluent in English. I always speak to my parents in Polish but over the years it has been getting slightly worse, I can still speak it very well but I can speak English better.
  13. May 23, 2005 #12
    Scone has to rhyme with gone so you can tell that joke. What's the fastest cake of them all? Scone. (S'gone, geddit?)
  14. May 23, 2005 #13


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    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

    How about that famous Yorkshire expression, used when you're looking for the scone, but it isn't where you left it:

    't int in t' tin

    (It isn't in the tin)
  15. May 23, 2005 #14
    Yay! Yorkshire expressions are the best. I like 'put wood in t'oil' which translates as 'shut the door, please.'
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    Can is worse.

    I can

    the can = tin can

    the can = toilet

    I can take a can to the can, isnt that a song?
  17. May 23, 2005 #16
    Literally what, though? "Put wood in the hole"? I couldn't make it out.

    What is the part of England where people speak without using any articles?
  18. May 23, 2005 #17


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    Yeah, spot on.

    Yorkshire, I suppose.

    Although t' usually takes the place of 'the', (as in "ah'm ganning to't shops, dust tha want owt?") it's more of a glottal stop than a plosive sound, so I reckon it counts.

    I'll have a think...
  19. May 23, 2005 #18
    Gives me the chills. It's the voice of a Shakespearian barmaid or laborer.
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    Nahh, it's the sound of a Northern coalminer! Not that there are any of those about these days.

    "Ow's abaht some bread an drippin, us mother?"
  21. May 23, 2005 #20
    Coalminer? Thou dost yank my chain.

    "How about some bread with meat-flavored grease dip for us, mother?"?
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