The Confounding Absurdity Of The English Language

Mitchell Moffit of AsapTHOUGHT raises some very valid points in this video about the erstwhile confounding absurdity of the English language. Issues such as the pronunciation of similarly spelled words and the confusion around the pluralization of these same words are all addressed in a sing-song style reminiscent of the late great Doctor Seuss.

When you speak of a box the plural is boxes, yet the plural of ox should be oxen not oxes. One is a goose and two are called geese, yet the plural of moose should never be meese. And I speak of a foot and you show me your feet but I think of a boot, should the pair become beet? And we talk of a brother and also a brethren, but when we say mother, we never say methren.

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