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    17 English Words And Phrases That Will Never Make Any Dang Sense

    Merriam-Webster is laughing at all of us.

    You probably already know this, but English is a strange, strange language. If you think it's not, then I'm sorry, but your bubble is about to be burst.

    There are a ton of rules to speaking and writing in English, but sometimes it's the exception to those rules that are even more annoying. Even worse, there are some words and phrases that defy any sort of metric and only exist to bring us anarchy and chaos.

    Here's a list of some of the words and phrases in the English language that have never made any sense and never will.

    1. The word "colonel" is pronounced like the word "kernel."

    Corn kernels next to the word colonel

    2. "Through," "thorough," and "trough" should all sound the same if they insist on being spelled with -ough.

    3. The word "Wednesday" is spelled the way that it is and it really shouldn't be.

    How it's spelled: W-E-D-N-E-S-D-A-Y How it sounds: W-E-N-D-S-D-A-Y

    4. "Flammable" and "inflammable" mean the same thing, and it's a crime against common sense.

    Signs that reads "Flammable," which is a synonym of inflammable

    5. The plural form of "box" is "boxes," but the plural of "ox" is "oxen." Make it make sense.

    Two foxes

    6. Along those lines, if the plural of "goose" is "geese," then the plural of "moose" should be "meese."

    Two moose

    7. Both "that that" and "had had" are acceptable within the rules of English grammar.

    Eleanor knew that that was what had upset her sister./She knew the effect their argument had had on her.

    8. "Worse" sounds different than all the other words that end in -orse, and there's simply no reason for that.

    9. "Famous" and "infamous" aren't antonyms, for some reason.

    Napoleon Bonapart, who is famous and also infamous

    10. The concept of a "pair" of pants is hard to understand.

    Image of pants that says this is simultaneously one thing and also a pair of things

    11. The amount of English words that contain silent letters is simply...too many.

    12. There are too many words that are spelled differently but sound the same.

    A vain woman, a vein in an arm, and a weathervane

    13. "Heart," "beard," and "heard" all have different vowel sounds even though they have the same vowels.

    Skeletor angrily shaking his fist at the sky

    14. The number 40 is written "forty," but 4 is written "four."

    15. Some contractions sound fine at the end of a sentence, but others don't.

    A woman shrugging

    16. We say "double u double u double u" when it would be quicker and easier to say "world wide web."

    Lyrics to Avril Lavigne's Complicated: Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?

    17. And finally, the pronunciation of bologna is just not right.

    Judge Judy angry in her courtroom

    In conclusion: English is weird, man.