Then I thought, “How entertaining would it be to share these with my readers?” So I complied several more and wrote a fun post for you. Feel free to add your own in the comments section. If English is your second language, I’m curious to hear what you think of all this, as well as if there are any similar words/phrases in your native language.
The word desert (abandon) sounds like dessert (a meal of sweets), but it’s spelled like desert (a sandy place.)
Women is the plural of woman. The second syllables are spelled differently but typically pronounced the same (“min”). The first syllables are spelled the same but pronounced slightly different.
A feather is light. When I enter a dark room, I turn on a light. And when I want to start a fire, I light a match.
A toothbrush really should be a teethbrush, unless you have a separate toothbrush for each of your teeth.
Through doesn’t rhyme with though, tough, enough, cough, or dough, but the endings are all the same. Go figure…
If someone tells you that you’re “barking up the wrong tree,” they’re probably trying to say that you aren’t pursuing the right course of action. Perhaps that saying has something to do with the fact that a tree is covered in bark and that when a dog chases a squirrel up a tree, it often stands at the bottom and barks. Still quite confusing, though.
The following few sentences might make your head spin, but they would make complete sense when spoken by a child during school: “I really dislike math. I just don’t understand why my teacher would subject me to such a terrible subject. I would rather be in art class. I’m hoping to be the subject of my friend’s painting, but that decision will be subject to my teacher’s approval.”
When you ask someone, “What’s up?” the answer should be “the sky”
or “the ceiling,” but the response you’ll likely receive is “Not too
Asking someone to give you the low down (give me the details) is pretty much the opposite of asking them to keep something on the down low (keep it a secret).
You smell with your nose and run with your feet, but your nose also runs, and your feet also smell.
Now, let’s talk about food…
Pineapple does not contain pine or apples. (But the rest of the world seems to understand that, as the word pineapple is “ananas” in most other languages.)
There’s no egg in eggplant, nor do eggs grow on plants.
Polish sausage is delicious, but shoe polish isn’t edible.
There’s no ham in a hamburger. Ham comes from a pig, while a hamburger is made of ground beef, so the two aren’t even from the same animal.