Is there such a thing as language lunacy?
In what other language do you ship things by truck and send cargo by ship?
Have you heard of noses that run and feet that smell?
How can a “slim chance” and a “fat chance” mean the same thing? And why is a “wise man” the complete opposite to a “wise guy”?
Where else will you find that quicksand works slowly and that boxing rings are square?
Why is a guinea pig a guinea pig when it is neither from Guinea nor a pig?
Why, if teachers taught, didn’t preachers praught?
And if a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of English in which your house can burn up as it burns down, and, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and, in which an alarm goes off by going on.
Can you think of others? Share them in the comments below!