English is hard for cats

I went sailing recently, and learned some new words – sailor’s language they called it. This little cat thinks English is a crazy language. Did you know that there is no egg in eggplant, no ham in hamburger, and neither apple or pine in pineapple? Why do humans have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? One goose, two geese, so one moose, two meese? English muffins weren’t created in England, and French fries are not French. I think I will stick to a simple Meow!        Purrs,  Gulliver


Take a look at this article to see where English lacks word for certain ideas or emotions.

Emotions that have no translation into English

Sailing ships and sealing wax

Ahoy, me hearties! I went sailing through the Monterey Bay on the tall ship Lady Washington looking for pirate, but found none.  We did see dolphins and whales, and learned what it was like to live on a ship in the 1880s. I helped raise the sails from the yards (cross beams), and the crew taught me nautical words like port, starboard, tiller and quarterdeck. Then the crew sang sea shanties, songs to keep spirits up and synchronize timing. Since the Lady Washington was a trading ship, not a pirate’s ship, no one was forced to “walk the plank” or join in a sword fight.  I didn’t even get seasick from the rolling waves!

Purrs, Gulliver


Lady Washington