Friday, March 5, 2010

Death of a Linguist

English is a confusing language. There are too many similar words that mean totally different things.

Like there, their and they’re. Or desert and dessert.

It’s a tangled mess, developed organically over hundreds of years. Those of us who learned it from birth are used to it, but I pity anyone who learns it in adulthood.

“Hunted” and “Haunted” is another example. On the page they look basically the same, but there’s a world of difference, as you’ve been learning for the past six months.

I was hunted.

You are haunted.

Your shotgun will not help you now.

Nothing will.

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