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Asylum for the Verbally Insane.

A portion of this is from “The English Language written by  J T O’Leary the author of the rest of this is unknown

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice, Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men, Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet, And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those, Yet hat in the plural would never be hose, And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren, But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren’t invented in England .
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham.
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? We ship by truck but send cargo by ship. We have noses that run and feet that smell. We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

So if Father is Pop, how come Mother isn’t Mop?
Sometimes we need a chuckle over our language…especially when we’re asked to Press 1 for English, Press 2 for Spanish and Press 3 to talk to a human being…who you may not be able to understand : ) Ahhhhh, progress!


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Teaching Dictation 

Lesson 126.


His assistants gave him great assistance.

He was the deviser of the machine.

Which is the larger, the divisor or the quotient?

This difference being settled, he will pay due deference to your opinion.

The ingenious mechanic was also an ingenuous man.

Not a lineament could be recognized by his friends.

Apply to the wound a healing liniment.

The principal in the agreement was devoid of moral principle.

Though a great liar, he could play upon the lyre.

The rabbit was tame.

The carpenter will rabbet the boards.

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It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
– Albert Einstein 1879-1955

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I learned three important things in college – to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, and to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes.
– Agnes de Mille.

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Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
– Jacques Barzun.

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Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
– Bertrand Russell 1872-1970.

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Spelling Quotes

Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word, consider how it is spelled, and, if you do not remember, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well.
– Thomas Jefferson to his daughter

Quotes about Spelling

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