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.

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

construct-ible
assign-able

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.

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