Here’s another edition of memes reflecting the weirdness of English. You can find more by clicking these links:
- Crazy English Memes
- Crazy English Memes, Part 2
- The Return of Crazy English Memes (Part 3)
- The Next Edition of Crazy English Memes
Why are peeves always “pet peeves”? No one ever just has regular peeves.
When I put out a light, it stops putting out light. ENGLISH…
“Quite a lot” and “quite a few” mean the same thing. ENGLISH…
“Lift up” and “uplift” are the same. So why are “set up” and “upset” opposites? ENGLISH…
If I fight “with” a dude, am I fighting against him or alongside him? ENGLISH…
If you are so inclined, please leave a comment in the space below.
If uplift is the same as lift up, why are upset and set up opposite in meaning? Why are pertinent and impertinent, canny and uncanny, and famous and infamous neither opposites nor the same? How can raise and raze and reckless and wreckless be opposites when each pair contains the same sound?
Has this become some kind of competition?
It has. I think that I’m winning. 🙂
That’s okay Will, the bottom one gave me headaches translating Latin and Greek into English. At least once I read about the battle in The Encyclopedia of Military History to sort out who was on which side and then went back and translated the passage. I’m not sure if it was ambiguous in the original, or if it was just the English dictionary entries that were ambiguous.
That bottom one gives me headaches when translating English into Latin.