Although not perfect, I am somewhat confident about my English communication skills. It took years of hard work which is still going on to get a good command of English. However, I am still confused about some strange features of this beautiful language. Let me share a few of such strange characteristics I came across in English:
As we all know, AIDS is the short form of Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome. While UNO stands for United Nations Organization, MBBS is for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. Such short forms of word groups are known as ‘abbreviations’ in English. Abbreviations are extremely helpful to the speakers to convey their ideas precisely instead of memorizing their long complicated full-forms. But my doubt is why ‘abbreviation’ is such a long word? Being a language enthusiast and a teacher, I often see my students finding it so hard to spell or pronounce this word. Don’t you think the weird spelling and difficult pronunciation of the word ‘abbreviation’ stand in sharp contrast to the meaning it conveys?
And now, many people often find it so hard to remember the spelling of such word pairs as ‘stationary’ and ‘stationery’ correctly. To overcome this problem, they can use a technique. For example, if you are not sure whether to use ‘er’ or ‘ar’ in stationery (to mean paper, pencil etc), just remember the ‘er’ in paper. It will definitely ease the confusion a lot!
This technique of remembering the spellings of words is called ‘mnemonics’. But again strangely enough, don’t you think that the very word ‘mnemonic’ is so hard to remember and spell? Your comments are welcome.