Our Crazy Language



Our Crazy Language-Why is it that Way??

(Unknown Author)




Did you know that “verb” is a noun?

How can you look up words in a dictionary if you can’t spell them?

If a word is misspelled in a dictionary, how would we ever know?

If two mouses are mice and two louses are lice, why aren’t two houses hice?

If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

If you wrote a letter, perhaps you bote your tongue?

If you’ve read a book, you can reread it. But wouldn’t this also mean that you would have to “member” somebody in order to remember them?

In Chinese, why are the words for crisis and opportunity the same?

Is it a coincidence that the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable?

Is there another word for a synonym?

Shouldn’t there be a shorter word for “monosyllabic”?

What is another word for “thesaurus”?

Where do swear words come from?

Why can’t you make another word using all the letters in “anagram”?

Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?

Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

Why do people use the word “irregardless”?

Why do some people type “cool” as “kewl?”

Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?

Why do we say something’s out of order when its broken but we never say in of order when it works?

Why does “cleave” mean both split apart and stick together?

Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing?

Why does flammable and inflammable mean the same thing?

Why does the Chinese ideogram for trouble symbolize two women living under one roof?

Why does X stand for a kiss and O stand for a hug?

Why doesn’t “onomatopoeia” sound like what it is?

Why don’t we say “why” instead of “how come”?

Why is “crazy man” an insult, while to insert a comma and say “Crazy, man!” is a compliment?

Why are a wise man and wise guy opposites?

Why is abbreviation such a long word?

Why is dyslexic so hard to spell?

Why is it so hard to remember how to spell MNEMONIC?

Why is it that no word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple?

Why is it that the word “gullible” isn’t in the dictionary?

Why is it that we recite at a play and play at a recital?

Why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?

Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?

Why is the plural of goose-geese, and not the plural of moose-meese?

Why isn’t “palindrome” spelled the same way backwards?

Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?


Lord, every single gift comes from You…“Lift my gaze to see life from Your perspective. Help me to understand-and treasure-every good thing You send…”(From James 1:7)   One Thousand Gifts   http://www.aholyexperience.com/
729. Chat with Esther M re: analogies about prayer gleaned during her ladies Bible study:
  1. magnifying glass – God’s power covers the earth. Prayer focuses and magnifies His power on a particular situation or a specific life. That life or situation, consistently exposed to His intense power, is changed by it. The power belongs to God. Prayer focuses the power of God.  God’s specific and intervening power is released into circumstances and individual lives by prayer.
  2. signature/check – Imagine that a business man is going to set up a corporation. He is the boss. He is sovereign over every decision about the corporation, and there are many options for how to set things up.  One decision to make is this: Will he require one signature on a check or will he require two signatures on a check? He decides that it requires two signatures.  From then on, two signatures are required.  Why? Because the business man CHOSE to need them.  Andrew Murray: “God’s intense longing to bless seems in some sense to be graciously limited by His dependence on the intercession that rises from earth. He seeks to rouse the spirit of intercession that HE may be able to bestow His blessing on mankind. God regards intercession as the highest readiness to receive and to yield themselves wholly to the working of His almighty power.”  The Almighty God has chosen to condition the release of His intervening power on the prayers of His people!!!!!!
  3. Things happen when we pray that wouldn’t happen if we did not pray. (Ken Johnson quote passed along from Marilyn to Esther to me to you)
  4. Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of God’s willingness. Ro 10:12  “God richly blesses all who call on Him.”
730. I had two anniversaries on Dec 30th: a happy one 🙂 and a sad memory one :(. 22 years ago yesterday I married my best friend (that’s the very HAPPY one! John is a great husband.). Yesterday also marked my one year “cancerversary”: the day I went from thinking I was very healthy to discovery of breast cancer. Actually, God used that nightmarish mammogram to get me some help and for that I am grateful. Whatayear! Ladies–anybody due for a mammogram or a thermogram they are putting off? My advice is to delay no longer. Mine on 12/30/10 revealing aggressive multifocal stage 3 breast cancer was done exactly ONE year to the month after a normal one that revealed only fibrocystic breast disease. We have much to praise Him for!  Friends, don’t forget to be faithful with monthly self breast exams.  I was lax and sporatic about doing mine.
731. Our family saw “Courageous” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1630036/ showing at a church last night.  It was excellent and a blessing for me to count.  It increases my desire to be the wife and mother God wants me to be.  I looked up the “Resolution” mentioned in the movie:
The Resolution Message for men: “I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, my wife, and my children. I WILL love them, protect them, serve them, and teach them the Word of God as the spiritual leader of my home. I WILL be faithful to my wife, to love and honor her, and be willing to lay down my life for her as Jesus Christ did for me. I WILL bless my children and teach them to love God with all of their hearts, all of their minds, and all of their strength. I WILL train them to honor authority and live responsibly. I WILL confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy. I WILL pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion. I WILL work diligently to provide for the needs of my family. I WILL forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged. I WILL learn from my mistakes, repent of my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God. I WILL seek to honor God, be faithful to His church, obey His Word, and do His will. I WILL courageously work with the strength God provides to fulfill this resolution for the rest of my life and for His glory. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. —Joshua 24:15”
I might possibly adapt the above into my version as helpmeet to John and Mom to Nicholas, Joy, and Hannah  I can use–will think about that.
732  “Behavior wags the tail of feelings, we do, therefore we feel.” David Reynolds
Talking to myself through my application of that quote: Paula Girl: consistently line your thoughts up with God’s Word, then ACT, doing the right thing, God’s way whether you feel like it or not.  You thereby  will not be ruled by fickle emotion or on an emotional rollercoaster ride based on”how things are going at a particular point in time”  or the simple fluctuation of hormones affected by drugs used in the treatment of cancer.   You, Paula, can CHOOSE to be happy and at peace based on the truths in the Bible and operate like that, even during the times when your circumstances are not happy or peaceful.  This is not “fake”, it is allowing the Lord to do a genuine work in my heart.

3 thoughts on “Our Crazy Language

  1. Esther M.’s Bible study sounds interesting. I wonder what passage they were studying when they got their second anology?

    We do indeed have a crazy language. No wonder people find it hard to understand, us included at times even though we were born here. All the new definitions kids come up with so that we adults don’t understand is something else also.

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

    God Bless. Kathy


  2. >Happy New Year to you Paula! Thanks for the good thoughts on prayer and not being controlled by our feelings. Nita

    Happy New Year to you too, Nita! Sure is easy to be controlled by feelings. Hey, I miss seeing you! I’ve stopped by your office a couple times lately to visit and pray but you were out…maybe we can connect after my Az trip. I still have this tacked up from you and think it’s a great reminder (THX!):

    “God is who He says He is.
    He can and will do what He says He will do.
    I am who God says I am.
    God’s Word is alive and active in me.
    I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

    Kathy Geiger says:

    “Esther M.’s Bible study sounds interesting. I wonder what passage they were studying when they got their second anology?”

    I’m not sure about which passges they were studying. I particularly liked the analogy of the magnifying glass and God focussing His attention on t prayer lifted to Him and also the thought that things happen when we pray that wouldn’t if we didn’t. A big thank you to Esther and Jackie passing along great stuff they glean from the study!

    It’s a great group of ladies doing that Bible study. I used to meet with them (different study) during the time my girls were in children’s choir at a church were the kids were doing AWANA at the time too.

    Have a great day!


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