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Quick List Appreciates English Language Struggles

Word nerds will love this. Everyone else might have some mixed feelings about the strange complexities of the English language. 

A quick list shows off the struggles of navigating the English language | English Game: place word "only" anywhere on sentence She told him she loved him. parkourtoyoutoo: shadowwraiths: Ladies and Gentlemen English Language are doing? STOP. THIS IS NOT FAIR | If can correctly pronounce every word this poem will be speaking English better than 90 native English speakers world. crimsun Dearest creature creation, Study English pronunciation will teach my verse Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and
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"Amid" Is The New Coronavirus Buzzword

Yep, it would seem that the latest buzzword to come out of Coronavirus coverage across news media outlets, is the word, "amid." What about amidst? What'd amidst ever do to anyone? In all seriousness, everyone stay safe, and wash those hands!

People on Twitter react to "amid" being the new Coronavirus buzzword | tweet by dayana sarkisova @dsarkisova no one: absolutely nobody: editors working on coronavirus coverage: amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid amid
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In case you ever wondered what it'd sound like if a southerner spoke some Spanish, this video will fulfill that curiosity. His vocabulary is apparently on point, but his accent on the other hand, is all over the place. 

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Ridiculous Things Dudes Have Tried Explaining To Women

Someone on AskReddit asked for women to share the most ridiculous things that they've had men try to explain to them. You know, things like dad explaining to his daughter how mortgages work, while she's in fact a real estate agent. Some people are just blind to their own ignorance. Maybe they'll figure it out at some point, or maybe they won't. 

Women share the most ridiculous things they've had guys try to explain to them | reddit posted by eyelovemittens My dad tried (incorrectly explain mortgages work said already knew, he said could know fucking real estate agent years.
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Tumblr User Expounds Tolkien's Wonderful Nerdery

Tumblr users apparently have a lot of time on their hands, and they use it for amusingly specific and labor intensive thoughts like the relationship between elves eyes and the curvature of middle earth, or discussing the full versions of classic sayings. We're glad people get so into stuff, like this Tumblr thread that makes history fun.

Tumblr user explains how Tolkein used his extensive knowledge of linguistics to make details in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit | mirkwoodest One ballsiest things Tolkien ever did write 473k words about some hobbits called frodo, sam, merry, and pippin and then write appendices their names are actually maura, ban, kali, and razal, mirkwoodest
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Common Phrases That Are Complete BS

Someone on AskReddit asked for people to share their hot takes on those common sayings that are actually total BS. The resulting answers might come across as pretty bleak. 

A collection of common AskReddit sayings that are total BS | posted by animalboat Everything happens for reason annoying infuriating meaningless empty words hollow
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Guy Tries To Pretend He Doesn't Know English, Fails Hard

This guy made a grave mistake. And that mistake was one of him trying to tell a lady asking for money that he didn't speak English, while he very well did the whole time. It's tough to pull off the whole "I don't speak your language" thing when you're literally speaking their language right back to them. 

Guy tries to pretend that he doesn't know English and he fails miserably | MrWittyResponse TIFU by telling lady asking money didn't speak English perfect English So late at night and had make stop at gas station fill up my car. This lady comes up wearing this really baggy hoodie. Judging by appearances she seemed be substance abuser. She says she's pregnant and needs some cash pay her motel room really wasn't buying she
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Tumblr Thread Shows The Full Versions of Classic Sayings

Somewhere along the way, classic idioms and sayings with two parts got shortened to the first one, and everyone's just been using them wrong for a while. Tumblr gets itself into spirals of informative weirdness, like this Tumblr thread that actually makes history fun.

Tumblr thread shows real meanings of classic sayings | phrase curiosity killed cat is actually not full phrase actually is curiosity killed cat but satisfaction brought back so don't let anyone tell not be curious little baby okay go and be interested world. See also Blood is thicker than water, blood covenant is thicker than water womb. Meaning relationships formed by choice are stronger than those formed by birth.
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Bilinguals That Overheard People Without Them Knowing

Someone on AskReddit asked for bilinguals to share their experiences with overhearing other folks that had no idea they could understand them. If there's one valuable lesson in this particular form of "overheards", it's that you never know who's listening! 

A collection of AskReddit replies to bilinguals sharing their experiences with overhearing people | post by cmichael00 high school spoke Spanish fairly well not common time and my area family buying groceries, and as ringing up items father said "he has not seen stuff on bottom, dont get rank up on belt, and sat there, after few moments asked about stuff on bottom. They would not look at next 2 mins or so transaction.
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Dumb Mistranslated Tattoos and Shirts that People Witnessed

In this wide world, we see a lot of hilarious translations and translation fails. Languages are complex and hard to understand completely. These frustratingly interesting observations on language and silly literal translations are a good example of that. This can come to a head when overzealous tourists try to get a tattoo in not only a language they don't understand, but in characters that are also completely foreign to them. Case in point, you don't want to misstep and end up as the "goldfish man"

Mistranslations and tattoo fails people saw.
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Funny Observations on Language that are Frustratingly Interesting

We know that languages are all weird, and the one we use can be particularly confusing, but that can make it a more fun and nuanced thing to explore. We're all for seeing some creative uses and misuses of the English language. If you just wanna see people totally suck at English, then here are people who failed at using the English language.

Funny and interesting observations on languages.
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People Share Overly Literal and Goofy Translations from Various Languages

Learning the words for things in other languages can be particularly eye opening. From overly literal German translations like "hand shoes" to more poetic euphemisms you'd never think you'd hear, every culture has come up with it's own particular brand of funny words for things. For more, here are non-native English speakers sharing common phrases they wish we had.

Funny and literal translations and phrases from different languages.
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Twitter Users Learn What Just Deserts Means

Well well, how about that? You learn a new thing every day! Turns out a whole lot of us have been going around dropping the term, "just deserts" in an improper fashion. Seems to be a commonly shared fail. 

Twitter users end up learning what "just deserts" really means.
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Guy's Translation Fail Results In Him Filling Up His Petrol Car With Diesel

Sometimes the language barrier can hurt you more than others. In this case, the guy thought that "gasoleo" would get the job done for him, when he went to fill up his Petrol car. Unfortunately, that actually translated to Diesel, and he found himself in quite the bind, and in need of a mechanic. Fortunately he was able to resolve the issue, and move forward. But you gotta love the fail! 

Guy's language translation fail results in him filling up his Petrol car with Diesel.
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