English is the JavaScript of spoken languages.

Just think about it:

- it's extremely wide-spread for historical reasons;

- it is a somewhat random mash-up of at least three other languages;

- as much as all languages have their idiosyncrasies , it tends to have the more confusing ones.


Sidenote: the fact that "idiosyncrasy" is spelled with an "sy", not a "cy", at the end is in my book an idiosyncrasy in itself.

There, idiosyncraseption. You're welcome.

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@wauz That's, unfortunately, all too true. But it spoils the pun.


@rysiek The one thing that still really gets me is -able VS -ible, e.g.


I haven't yet figured out if there is a pattern. And they are even pronounced the same!!!

@rysiek This I seem to usually get right by intuition. I guess because I have lived in native English countries for a while...
The other thing is something I realised quite late and you only think about it when having to write these words down.

english dropped the 'i' and the 'a' from those verbal forms, but they remain in several romance languages, as well as in these derived forms it inherited with the vowels dropped from the verbs. you'

@lxo Thanks!
Yes, I had suspected it would i/e-conjugation vs a-conjugation and if I can find the word in another language I know (with proper grammar), I can use that to figure it out.

etymology mentions construere and assignare from french. in spanish it's construir and asignar.
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