We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
There is no egg in eggplant or ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple…
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
In what language do people recite at a play, and play at a recital?
Ship by truck, and send cargo by ship?
Have noses that run and feet that smell?
Sweetmeats are candies, while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth?
One goose, 2 geese. So, one moose, 2 meese?
When a house burns up, it burns down.
When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
English muffins were not invented in England or French fries in France.
How can ‘slim chance and a fat chance’ be the same, while ‘ wise man and a wise guy’ are opposites?
(The above is from an email I received. I have no idea who wrote it)
But it does not explain why some educated people simply can’t seem to read.
On the Christian House Sitters website we try to explain everything very carefully and simply yet I still receive some very odd questions. For example only this week someone wrote “ I am interested in registering with you guys, but will there be a guarantee that we will find a place to stay in Oxford for free at the time we want it?
Yet on our web site says:
“Can You Guarantee a House Sit?
Sadly not. The list of available properties is constantly changing. New houses are added and existing properties find sitters. We are facilitator and have no idea what houses or sitters are going to become available in the future. We never know from one day to the next what is coming and what is going to be removed. For example we had a message from someone asking about a house in Florida. We wrote back saying that we did not have any. The very next day we got a house 5 minutes from Disney World available for 2 months. God is in control. We trust that He will provide the right match between owners and sitters.”
Sadly we can’t foresee the future. We do not know who is going to plan a vacation next year and if they are going to list their house with our site. Even if they do we can’t predict which house sitter they will decide to use.
What can we promise? We can promise that when you register as a home owner it will not cost you anything. That we will make your house details known to our registered sitters and that you stand a very good chance of finding a suitable sitter
We can also promise that when you register as a sitter you will be kept fully informed about every new house listed. The vast majority of our sitters find not one but two or more house sits during their membership.
God bless you,