Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Why I'm glad I learned English as my 1st language...

Um, so English is difficult! We have all these freakin' idioms (metaphorical phrases), homonyms (words that sound the same but mean different things or are spelled differently), acronyms (abbreviations that create words spelled by using the first letter from each word in it) and more. Almost daily I see the improper use of these common words:
to, two, too
their, they're, there
our, are
its, it's
a part, apart

But there are more difficult ones (and words that sound really similar):
accept, except
mete, meet, meat
flout, flaunt
appraise, apprise

and this is just the beginning... sheesh!

1 comment:

Carrie said...

LOL - NPR just posted something about idioms in many languages: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105928918&sc=fb&cc=fp