Gwen's Den

Friday, June 20, 2008


1. If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times,
does he become disoriented?

2. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from
Holland called Holes?

3. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

4. If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

5. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

6. Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

7. When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

8. Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person
who drives a racing car not called a racist?

9. Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

10. Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

11. Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?

12. "I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.

Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?

13. If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow
that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged,
models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

14. What hair colour do they put on the driver's licences of bald men?

15. I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little
spoons and forks so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?

16. Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What
are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put their
pictures on the postage stamps so the postmen can look for them while
they deliver the mail?

17. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.

18. No one ever says, "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

19. Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those
little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE

20. Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing
section in a swimming pool?

22. OK ... so if the Jacksonville Jaguars are known as the "Jags" and
the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are known as the "Bucs," what does that make
the Tennessee Titans?

23. If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhoea, does that mean that one
enjoys it?

24. Why if you send something by road it is called a shipment, but when
you send it by sea it is called cargo?

25. If a convenience store is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365
days a year, why are there locks on the door?


Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in".. but it's only a " penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the same clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle,Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why didyou just try singing the two songs above?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?



Let's begin with a box, and the plural is boxes; butThe plural of ox became oxen not oxes.

One fowl is aGoose, but two are called geese, yet the plural ofMoose 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 thePlural of man is always called men, why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet, and IGive 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.

Some reasons to be grateful if you grew up speakingEnglish; 1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

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

8) At the Army base, a bass was painted on the headof a bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how torow.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

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

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

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) After a number of Novocain injections, my jaw got number.

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

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

21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

22) I spent last evening evening out a pile of dirt.

Screwy pronunciations can mess up your mind!

ForExample... If you have a rough cough, climbing can be tough when going through the bough on a tree! 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 and French FriesActually come from Belgium.

We take English for granted. But if we explore itsParadoxes, 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 callIt?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?

IfA 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 language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?

Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?

Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wiseguy 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.

If Dad is Pop, how come Mom isn't Mop? I can't explain can you.



  • c.r.a.z.y
    I wonder if any other languages are as confusing.

    By Blogger Pamela, at June 21, 2008 4:37 pm  

  • Dear Gwen ~~ You sure have been busy and all very good ones too. English is a funny old language.
    Thank you again for that story Of How to Dance in the Rain. It was very popular and a lovely story.
    Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

    By Blogger Merle, at June 22, 2008 9:41 pm  

  • Hi Gwen,

    Yay, you posted.

    But I think you just gave me a headache with all those questions.


    By Blogger Janice, at June 23, 2008 3:30 pm  

  • Gday Mate.YAHHHH Update.

    By the time I got to the bottom I had to go reread some good questions there..,HEHEHEHE.
    I must say the English Language can be very confusing.. see you soon mate xxxxx

    By Blogger Jeanette, at June 23, 2008 7:10 pm  

  • Bud Adams owns the Tennessee Titans. Bud is very tight with his money so I would call them the Tightes. :-)

    Hope you are doing OK, I always like to read your cute and clever sayings.

    By Blogger Jim, at June 25, 2008 4:23 am  

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    Of course you know Jeanette told us, I am glad she had a birthday party for you. It looked like you all enjoyed yourselves.

    Oh yes, that's about all the better I could sing, so, Happy Birthday Gwen!

    By Blogger Jim, at July 21, 2008 12:20 pm  

  • Happy Birthday Gwen. A little bird named Merle told me.

    We're the same age now - I turned 70 in April.

    Loved this post. I often wonder how people who are not born speaking English ever learn it.

    By Blogger Granny, at July 22, 2008 11:57 pm  

  • Hi Gwen,
    Thanks for the visit :) Yes, I agree the English language can be so confusing!!
    Sending you big birthday ((hugs)). Sorry I missed your special day, but hope it was full of joy for you!

    By Blogger Susie, at July 23, 2008 3:20 am  

  • Happy B-day Gwen!!!


    By Blogger Janice, at July 23, 2008 5:38 pm  

  • Dear Gwen ~~ I so enjoyed this post and re-read it, well done. Yime for some more my friend. I do hope you are jeeping OK, you mentioned many
    appointments, so hope they are keeping you well.
    Thanks for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed the jokes.
    Take great care, my friend, See you one day before too long I hope. Love, Merle.

    By Blogger Merle, at July 25, 2008 3:02 pm  

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