Something about “Lederer” May 26, 1938, Philadelphia Attended Harvard Worked as a teacher at St. Paul’s School Some popular literary works: Anguished English Crazy English The Miracle of Language
Introduction Most widely spoken language, Half of the worlds books in English, Majority of international calls made in English, More than 70% of mails written in English, Possesses largest vocabulary, (2 million words) Nevertheless, a crazy language!
5 Lines to ponder The bandage was wound around the wound. The farm was used to produce produce. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse. We must polish the Polish furniture. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
Why is it crazy?(Facts!!!)Hotdog An eggplant does not have any egg(commonly known to as ‘brinjal’)
Cont… Pine Apple Pineapple Straw Berries Strawberries
Cont… Boxing Ring Ring Boxing Boxing Ring (Not exactly a ring, is it??)
5 more lines to ponder The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes. I did not object to the object.
Some More Facts One in every seven people can speak English Believed to be the easiest way of communication Even widely used by Russians!!!
Cont… Really?? Quick Sand (but very slow) French fries (but not from France)
Facts (In humans) You can have a runny Singers sing, but Your feet can smell!! nose!! fingers don’t fing!!
Facts (In animals) •Koala bears are marsupials, not bears •Woodchuck is a groundhog •A groundhog is not a hog •A horned toad is a lizard •Glow worms are fire flies •Fire files are not flies •Lady bugs are male too.A grey hound may not be gray
Cont… A guinea pig is not a pig. A panda bear is not exactly a Neither is it from bear. (It’s a marsupial) Guinea.(South America)
5 more lines to ponder I had to subject the subject to a series of tests. The insurance was invalid for the invalid. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend? There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row. They were too close to the door to close it.
Cont… A hamburger does not consist of hams. Vegetarians eat vegetables, so technically humanitarians eat humans???? Sweetmeat is a candy and a sweetbread, which is not exactly sweet, is made from meat. Hamburger
Cont… A blackboard can be blue or green People recite at a play and play at a recital . People ship by trucks and send cargo by ship. People park in the driveway and drive in the parkway.
Cont… Weight lifters lift weight, what do shop lifters lift? Happy hours and rush hours can last over 60 minutes. Silverware can be made out of plastic. Tablecloths can be made up of paper.
Cont… Tomboys are girls. A woman can man a station, but a man cant woman one. A man can father a movement but a woman cant mother one. Fire fighters fight fire, freedom fighters fight what???
Last 6 lines to ponder The buck does funny things when the does are present. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. The wind was too strong to wind the sail. After a number of injections my jaw got number. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.