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April 02, 2020

Learning queer English words, phrases and sentences

IT is goodfun to learn queer English words, phrases and sentences which are used or expressed for different purposes or coined according to situational conversations, innovations and inventions in the English speaking society. Originally, English words come not only from Anglo-Saxon, Latin and French but also from a variety of more recent sources. Sometimes, even native speakers of English do not understand the meanings of specific words or phrases or sentences. There are many English speaking people in the world, but they continue to learn new words and phrasesfor smoother and better communications among themselves.
We, Myanmar use English as a second language and regard it as a very helpful and useful language for communicating with both English native speakers and English speaking people across the world. Besides, we can acquire any knowledge written or taught in English. Nowadays, the private-owned international schools are mushrooming in Myanmar especially in Yangon such as ILBC, PISM, ISY and ILBC etc. Myanmar students from those schools can get benefitsof constant exposure to English speaking environment. Those who want to improve English can join the classes at the English language centers such as British Council and American center in Yangon.
A person who is proficient in English language can take advantage in pursuing academic studies because the academic subjects are taught in English. Apart from learning some knowledge, we use very unusual English words and phrases in colloquial language known as informal language. English speakers are already familiar with the current English usage and common usage. Some usages are used in spoken English and some are used in written English. Since English is a living language, we have to learn it and use it simultaneously so that we can differentiate between archaic English and modern English. The following collection may be helpful for the readers to some degree.
Pun. A pun is a humorous use of a word with two different meanings or two similar sounding words with different meanings. Puns are often used in advertisements and newspaper headlines. They are alsoused in jokes.
Where’s that girl from?
It’s O.K. I’ll ask her myself.
Where do you go to weigh a whale?
A whale-weigh station.
My wife’s gone to the Caribbean.
No, she wanted to go.
Here are some puns in advertisements.
We’re always pleased to meat you. (chains of butchers’ shops)
Rest assured. (bed manufacturers)
Your views are reflected in the Mirror. (Mirror newspaper)
The Meteorologists can’t guarantee an Indian Summer, but we can. (Indian Tourist Office)
Next Time you want to be at your best for a special occasion, consider the products of the aromatic company (It makes lots of scents). (perfume company)
Palindrome: A word or phrase that reads the same backwards as forwards, for example; madam, dad, kayak, radar, deed, mum, toot, sexes, redder
Nurses run, too hot to hoot, never odd or even
‘Madam, I’m Adam’
‘A man, a plan, a canal-Panama’
Was it a cat I saw?
Have you got an A to Z? I’ll have to watch my p’s and q’s.
She drops her h’s. We were taught the three R’s.
Letter-Words: The first part of each of the following words consists of a single letter.
A-bomb, T-shirt, U-turn, E-mail, V-neck, T-junction, V-formation, X-ray,
Innovations: Social and technological innovations have brought new words into the language.
Mountain bikes, cosmetic surgery, air miles, wheel-clamping, bottle-banks, Jacuzzis, microwave ovens, cash-dispensers, phone cards, smart bombs, modems, electronic tagging, flexi-time, CD-roms
Life Trends : New technology and social trends have brought innovations into modern life and new expressions into the language.
Women’s liberation, organ transplants, teleshopping, hair implants, audio books (for the blind), animal rights groups etc.
Street English: Native speakers do not always speak the kind of careful, clear English that you might expect. Someone who says, ‘wozzat?’ means ‘What’s that?’. A sound like ‘kew’ means ‘thank you’.
‘dunno (I don’t know), ‘assokay (That’s O.K), ‘wotcher’dooin? (What are you doing ?),  ‘eeryiz (Here he is), ‘oozat? (Who’s that)
Politically Correct English: Nowadays people are very sensitivenot to offend women, poor people, the old and various minority groups. The careful language used to refer to such people is called, ironically, ‘politically correct’. Here are some ‘politically correct’ expressions with their meaning in the brackets.
non-wage-earner (unemployed), financially underprivileged (poor), substance abuser (drug addict), overseas visitor (foreign tourist), vertically disadvantaged (short person), personkind (mankind ), guest of the correctional system (prison convict), she-ro (hero) etc.
Non-words:People in different parts of the world use different sounds (not words, just sounds) in different situations. In English-speaking countries, people often say ’mmm’ when something tastes delicious, ‘ouch!’ if they are hurt, ‘wow’ if they are impressed, ‘ssh!’ if they want someone to be quiet and ‘ah!’ if they suddenly see or understand something.
Foreign words and phrases: Most of them are now so absorbed into English that they are no longer thought of as foreign. However, they have retained their original spelling, pronunciation andforeign identity.
French words; bon voyage, grand prix, chic, rendezvous, debut, carte blanche, coup, avant-garde, gourmet etc.
Latin words; status quo, ego, bona fide, vice versa, curriculum vitae, persona non grata etc.
Spanish words; siesta, macho, patio, machismo etc.
German words; blitz, kaput, kindergarten etc.
Italian words; incognito, bravo, graffiti etc.
Chinese words; kowtow, sam pan etc.
‘Sauna’ is a Finnish word and ‘Ombudsman’ is a Swedish word.
Sex equality and the English Language: The increasing demand for sex equality had an effect on English grammar and vocabulary. We used to say, of a mixed class, ‘Every student must make sure he has his student card’. Many people didn’t accept this. It is rather a mouthful to say ‘he or she’, ‘his or her’ all the time, so we use ‘they’, ‘their’. ‘Every student must make sure they have their student card.’
The title, ‘Ms’, for both married and unmarried women means that they, like men, need not advertise their marital status. Some people, in fact, are so determined to avoid male dominance in language that they use adapted words like ‘personkind’, and ‘herstory’.
Actresses now call themselves ‘actors’. Words like ‘salesman’ and ‘chairman’ are disappearing, to be replaced by ‘salesperson’, ‘chairperson’ or simply ‘chair’.
Literary or Poetic Words: A certain class of words is mainly found in old-fashioned English or poetry. However, it is worth paying attention to them because they are still used in jokes and ironic language. For example; ‘You’ve been imbibing’ (drinking) or ‘He’s my deadly foe’ (enemy)
Here is a short list.
Toil (work), tidings (news), betwixt (between), behold (see), fare (food), penurious (poor), swift (fast), peruse (read), slumber (sleep), demise (death), scribe (writer), thoroughfare (street), attire (clothes), hale (healthy), converse (talk) etc.
The fascinating words, phrases and sentences in English language are often heard in conversations and used in writing according to the situations as well.


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