English language woes

| November 28, 2011

You’ve got to love the English language

English is magically illogical at times.

My favourite at the moment is ‘quite’. Quite can mean either ‘a little bit’ or ‘completely’. “He is quite mad” means he’s totally hatstand. But it can also mean he’s not particularly mad at all.

In a situation like this context, inflection and emphasis are everything. I’m just glad English is my first language and I don’t have to cope with learning its endless crazy vagaries as an adult.

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By Kate Goldstone - ()

Originally from Middlesbrough, I lived in Brighton for many years before moving to North Devon. I’ve had a passion for words all my life and this is my twelfth year as a freelance writer. In my spare time I draw, paint, sculpt, carve wood and rock, garden, read, write poetry and enjoy long distance hiking. I sing and play the recorder. I collect modernist paintings, vintage rugs and mid-century German art pottery. I’m a member of The Poetry Society. And I am an experienced volunteer shepherd, a ‘Lookerer’.

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