English Language – It is very Phunny

Courtesy: Shyam, my IIM-B Classmate

Some words have different meanings and yet they’re spelled the same.
A cricket is an insect, to play it – it’s a game.
On every hand, in every land, it’s thoroughly agreed,
The English language to explain, is very hard indeed.
Some people say that you’re dear, yet dear is far from cheap.
A jumper is a thing to wear, yet a jumper has to leap.
It’s very clear, it’s very queer, and, pray who to blame
For different meanings to some words pronounced and spelled the same?
A little journey is a trip, a trip is when you fall.
It doesn’t mean you have to dance whene’er you hold a ball.
Now here’s a thing that puzzles me: musicians of good taste
Will very often form a band – I’ve one around my waist!
You spin a top, go for a spin, or spin a yarn maybe –
Yet every spin’s a different spin, as you can plainly see.
Now here’s a most peculiar thing, ’twas told me as a joke –
A dumb man wouldn’t speak a word, yet seized a wheel and spoke!
A door may often be ajar, but give the door a slam
And then your nerves receive a jar – and then there’s jars of jam.
You’ve heard, of course, of traffic jams, and jams you give your thumbs.
And adders, too, one is a snake, the other adds up sums.
A policeman is a copper, it’s nickname (impolite!)
Yet a copper in the kitchen is an article you light.
On every hand, in every land, it’s thoroughly agreed,
The English language to explain is very hard indeed!
Now note the words and pronunciation
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead: it’s said like bed, not bead –
And only Scotsmen call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat.
They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother,
and here is not a match for there
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear,
And then there’s dose and rose and lose –
Just look them up – and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward,
And do and go, and thwart and cart –
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive –
I’d mastered it when I was five.
(Author Unknown)

Courtesy: Shyam, my IIM-B Classmate


Vijay Srinivasan
14th Sep 2013


One thought on “English Language – It is very Phunny

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