To, Too, or Two?
English is tricky.
I mean, this is the language in which "front yard" is two words and "backyard" is one. I suppose some inconsistencies--OK, a whole heap of them--are understandable given we got it from the country whose basic unit of measurement, the foot, used to be based on the size of the current king's foot. But we won't mention any names--right, Great Britain?
But who wants a language that makes 100 percent sense? That would be like a roller coaster that is 100 percent level. A rainbow that is 100 percent black and white. An ice cream shop with 100 percent vanilla only . . .
Which brings me to three items lodged firmly in that heap of tricky parts:
To, too, and two.
When to use "to"? This delightful little word with just a t and an o indicates going from one to another: from sick to well, from poor to rich, from weak to strong.
How about "two"? This is the number: one, two, three, four . . .
And finally, what's the deal with "too"? This refers to being too much, over the top, off the rails. Too much ice cream, too many words, too hot to handle!
You might say English has not only one or two tricky parts but too many of them!
But only if you want a language that makes too much sense.
Can a word take you to your happy place?
Maybe it's because I've always loved English. Or maybe it's due to not having a life. But saying certain words makes me smile.
What is it about select collections of letters that tickle my tongue and make me giggle, chortle, and/or guffaw? It doesn't have anything to do with the meaning of the word.
In the list of words below, one of them means "a yellow or greenish fluid that is secreted by the liver." Not funny. Another means to lack courage. Can't say that brings a smile. And still another is the name of a power-hungry Roman emperor some sources associate with insanity and sadism. If the meaning of that word makes me laugh, there's something seriously wrong with me.
The reason I simply cannot utter the following words without a toothy grin is simply because of how they sound as they exit my mouth.
Here are today's words that I find just fun to say:
What words tickle your tongue and replace gloom with a guffaw?