Language Quirks

Here’s a question:

If you hang clothes on a hanger,

If you iron clothes with an iron, then

Why don’t you broom a floor with a broom?*

That question was recently asked of us by a person trying to learn English. We make no confession of being, nor apologize for not being English teachers, but from our experience in studying foreign languages, we’ve learned that sometimes languages don’t make sense. Sometimes there’s no explanation for why the thing are the way they are. You just have to accept it and go on with life and don’t get bogged down with the unexplainable.

For the person that can’t accept abnormalities or inexplicable things about the language they are studying, they are going to have a very difficult time with the task.


*For those studying English, the proper sentences is: You sweep a floor with a broom.