Everybody sees some things that just make you scratch your head. As in, these things make absolutely, positively no sense.
A lot of them have to do with what we say. My daughter is getting a kick out of why we park on driveways and drive on parkways. Things like that. And no, I have no answer for that question.
Just in general, the English language is another good example. Why can’t we go good/gooder/goodest or its reverse, bad/badder/baddest, when we could go high/higher/highest? Insert your examples here.
Some other thoughts on our language, specifically when it comes to some unpaired words:
*Why do we never hear of the gruntled former employee? And what qualifies as gruntled, anyways?
*Is sheveled like being shoveled? And if people can be disheveled, how come you never hear of sidewalks being dishoveled?
*I told somebody I was “in whack” a few years ago. I think that person is still out of whack as a result.
*It’s easy to be couth and kempt, but you never hear of that.
*The next time I broadcast a baseball game, I’m going to say a pitcher who gave up a bunch of runs came out of the inning scathed. And I’ll monitor my social media to see how many people ask what the heck I was saying or what I meant by that.
*Speaking of work, I’m going cognito back home after my shift ends. Hard to go incognito anywhere with my job.
*If the Kansas City Royals win their first World Series in 30 years this fall, I would hope for some ruly celebrations. I’m guessing those won’t catch the headlines.
*Ungainly and unwieldy mean awkward, but they roll off the tongue much more smoothly than gainly and wieldy.
Have a gruntled and couth Labor Day…and an ept time with your grilling endeavors.