What's up with the English language, more specifically the American English language?
If I buy a book, I intend to read it. When I finish it, I have read it. If I'm in the first position of a race, I'm in the lead. If I want to hide something from Superman, I put it in a lead box. When I go to the mountains I drive on the Blueridge Parkway. When I get back home, I park my car in the driveway.
This makes the English language a difficult language to learn, or at least I would think it would be difficult to learn. I didn't go to college but from what I remember of high school English classes it seems to me that it's a language that's harder than it has to be. Diagramming sentences, conjugating verbs, inflectional morphology, adjectives, nouns (proper or improper), pronouns, i before e except after c (most of the time but not always), just gives me a headache thinking about it. Maybe I could have been a writer in different life but all I wanted out of James F. Byrnes High School was to be out of James F. Byrnes High School. I certainly wasn't going to subject myself to four more years of that torture. Probably not the wisest decision I ever made but one I made anyway.
Can any of you guys come up with more anomalies in the English language that are confusing such as the few I mentioned above?
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