Random Dove Thought: All By Myself


The English language is completely crazy-fantastic. I mean, I marvel that anyone who isn’t born in the US can manage to speak it with any sense of real comprehension. For instance, I find it interesting that the phrase “All By Myself” is used to refer to someone being alone when, if you were to break it down, (ALL = everything, BY = next to, MYSELF = me) seems to imply the exact opposite. 😛

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Sure, it’s probably just an idiomatic expression that has become so commonplace as to feel natural and easily understood by those who use it. But I doubt it would translate well to any other language. The next time you meet a non-native English speaker, tell them you want to be all by yourself and see how they respond. Or better yet, tell them you’re going to “give them the cold shoulder” and that they are in “a ton of trouble”.  🙂

And don’t even get me started on calling someone a “Straight A Student”. I could pick that apart for days! 😉

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8 thoughts on “Random Dove Thought: All By Myself

  1. Khai

    now that you mention it… yeah

  2. Fun post!

  3. Ha! I’m so glad I’m a native English speaker. I can’t imagine having to learn it as a second language.

  4. English is crazy, but that’s why I majored in it. 🙂

  5. Yeah, I gave my friend a cold shoulder this weekend. You see, I was lying on an ice pack in bed and I rolled over and put that iced shoulder on him. Then I apologized for giving him the cold shoulder and told him I wasn’t actually upset.

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