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15 English Language Peculiarities

You don’t have to look very far to find some real quirks in the English language. Here are fifteen of our favorite English language peculiarities.

Funny (Non)definitions

Disclaimer: You won’t find any of these definitions in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary: Arbitrator: n. A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonalds Avoidable: v. What a bullfighter tried to do Burglarize: n. What a crook sees with Counterfeiters: npl. Workers who install kitchen cabinets Eclipse: v. What an Cockney barber does for a living Eyedropper: …

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10 Favorite Misheard Song Lyrics

Great writers know to pay attention to how their words sound when read aloud. The same goes for when those words are sung. Here are ten noteworthy song lyrics that are commonly misheard. 1. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze Mistaken lyrics: “Excuse me, while I kiss this guy.” Actual lyrics: “Excuse me while I kiss …

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[WALL OF SHAME] Headline Hilarity

Just one more editorial review might have saved these headline blunders. But then again, their gaffes are our laughs! Enjoy these funny headlines: Iraqi Head Seeks Arms Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax Farmer Bill Dies in House British Left …

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[WALL OF SHAME] Good Humor – Bad Ads

There just seems to be an inexhaustible supply of editorial goofs in advertisements. Prepare to cringe and laugh simultaneously. Enjoy! Lost: small apricot poodle. Reward. Neutered. Like one of the family. Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home, too. Dog for sale: eats anything and is fond …

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[WALL OF SHAME] Analogies as bad as … (fill in the blank)

Wordsmiths spend a big part of their days trying to hone their skills. But sometimes it helps to try a different perspective. What does bad writing look like? Do you know bad writing when you see it? Where can you go for examples of really bad writing? Warning! Reading these examples of bad analogies may …

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