Friday, November 10, 2006

Inconsistent language

English...a language so inconsistent and yet used on a worldwide scale.If you were wondering what was the fuss about "ghoti" and "fish" ...well today is your day become less dense in just 5 minutes..haha ok 1st of all "ghoti" is pronounced as "fish".This is away of proving the inconsistency of the english language.let me explain how this works ..
"enough" - notice how "gh " in this word is pronounced with an "f" sound..
"women" - now the"o" in the word is pronounced as "ee"
"nation" - now the "ti" in this word is pronounced as "sh"
so now you get the hang of it? u combine all of it and u get "feesh" which is also "fish" and not forgetting "ghoti"! ahahah

There are seemingly endless debates over which is the longest word in English, demonstrating that the idea of what constitutes a word is not as straightforward as it seems. English allows new words to be formed by construction; long words are frequently coined; place names may be considered words; technical terms may be very long. It is difficult to know where to draw the line.

The longest word in any major English language dictionary is pneumo­noultra­microscopic­silico­volcano­coniosis, a 45-letter word supposed to refer to a lung disease, but research has discovered that this word was originally intended as a hoax. It has since been used in a close approximation of its originally intended context, lending at least some degree of validity to its claim.

I heard on a radio programme once about someone asking anyone to just write in morewords to be added into the dictionary.This is because there are still some expressions or situations that english itself is unable to describe fully.So with new words being added so often,who knows what new words there are each day?Simply make one word up and send to websters haha im sure malaysians have many of their own words made up with very interesting meanings. hahah

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