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Desc:A detailed example of why the english language is screwed up.
Category:Educational, Humor
Tags:English, Grammar, I before E, Merriam Webster
Submitted:Binro the Heretic
Date:02/07/10
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Comment count is 28
Smellvin
I'm curious: how many other people voted this video up just because they thought the woman speaking was kind of hot in a librarian sort of way?
Scynne
Yeah. Sexy lady definitely gets my stars, if you know what I mean.

HankFinch
I'm going to kiss her-No, I don't know... I'm embarrassed.


Riskbreaker
I have crazy taste in women, but i felt she was average at best.


Syd Midnight
I could see her dropping acid at a Butthole Surfers concert in '95, but doesn't party as much since she got a degree and tenure.

Camonk
This is a fine, and she's not wrong. And sure she's kind of cute.

But English isn't screwed up, you faggots. Most of the things people call "irregularities" in English are perfectly systematic. Jesus.

Luckily, she never says English is screwed up.
memedumpster
"...and in numerous and other random exceptions" doesn't sound very systematic.

But to quote La Loco, "Can I has librarian on lap dance?"

Camonk
Of course it doesn't, cause it's some bint on a dictionary's website.

Camonk
Aside from that, even the nearly perfectly-wrong Noam Chomsky thinks that English orthography is very near the ideal system. It just gets my goat when people are all Oh English is a whore English is screwed up.

memedumpster
I've never really thought of languages as something to be judged or not based on, well, I don't know really. It's like saying that the whale is screwed up, or anything else that evolved over time from something else. It doesn't seem like a fair assessment. I didn't know English had a design goal that it failed to meet.

facek
It's only screwed up if you think "I before E" is some sort of english rule.

Xenocide
Exactly. What she's driving at is that it's not the language that's screwed up, it's the "I before E" rule.

cakewalk
you'd have to be pretty fucking stupid to call chomsky "near-perfectly wrong" or even to use that phrase

MrBuddy
Weird, that doesn't even rhyme.
HankFinch
Ah, but English IS screwed up, and you too are a faggot. And that is why you are here. These "irregularities" will be corrected, just as you will be corrected.
Camonk
Well, English is no more or less screwed up than any other language.

It took about 20 years of people speaking it as a natural language for them to fuck up Esperanto, after all. (And that's awesome.)

HankFinch
ah shit, that was supposed to be goofy reply to Camonk

FABIO
Fuck's sake. Has anyone here even LOOKED at another language? English loses on spelling alone.

Xenocide
Oh shit, guys, English loses. I hope no one put too much money on English in the big language match tonight.

frau_eva
Every language has their own bits of unnecessarily complicated weirdness that makes no sense. English's just happens to be spelling. Japanese's is not only the convoluted writing system, but having a different way of counting every single differently-shaped object(many of which make no sense, since things like ties are counted as cylindrical objects). Most romance languages have completely arbitrary genders on everything, sometimes contradicting the thing's actual gender. Not to mention the fact that French seriously counts things like "four-score and seven years ago." Mark Twain devoted an entire essay to the many ways German is totally nonsensical.

I think the evolution metaphor is apt. We've evolved out most of the unnecessary parts that weigh us down, but we've still got tailbones and tonsils and appendixes now and then that just don't fall away.

Bored
English got screwy during the Great Vowel Shift. Thanks you fucking Franco-phone mother fuckers for making a Germanic language sound Latinate. However, had that not happened, "English" would have been a front-rhyming language still and we wouldn't get the Wu-Tang.

ANY OF YOU COCK SUCKERS WANT TO KNIFE FIGHT OVER THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE?
Raggamuffin
Attractive woman talking about words! My one weakness!
oogaBooga
Description atrocities.
Goethe and ernie
Five stars for language discussions on poetv, whoever called Chomsky wrong can kill my balls though.
retrocious
I'm guessing killing your balls would be a bad thing, but now I'm not so sure. I'm not gonna say anything about Noam Chomsky one way or another though, just in case.

oddeye
You want your balls killed?

sven
As a non-native speaker, my biggest problem with the language is the occasional native speaker acting surprised when I produce anything more complicated than a grunt.
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