Strange English is a collection of statements about English which deserve more thinking about.

  • If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?
  • If people from Poland are called “Poles,” why aren’t people from Holland called “Holes?”
  • Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
  • If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
  • Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
  • Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
  • Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
  • Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
  • Why isn’t 11 pronounced tenty one?
  • “I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence?
  • 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?
  • Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?

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