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    Quote Originally Posted by musikfan View Post
    I don't think I'm so old.
    Englisch ist a funny language. You're so old that you don't think, is what you said!

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    Haha...you are right. I didn't think of it being worded that way!
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    I'm just relieved that you found it humourous like I did.

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    English can be a very odd, confusing, crazy but enjoyable language. Not so easy for people to learn as it's so odd at times.

    "I don't think I'm so old.", "I don't think that I'm so old." would perhaps convey the original meaning. "I'm so old that I don't think." or perhaps "I'm so old, I don't think." would convey the second meaning. The 'that' or the comma helping considerably!

    And then, just for fun, stress the first word in the sentence, then the second and so on. See how the meaning and emphasis changes?

    On the downloads page on my website, is a file called 'English is crazy'. It's still being added to as I find more craziness.
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    The history of the language is even crazier.

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    I'm so old I remember when being gay meant you were happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDelGreco View Post
    I'm so old I remember when being gay meant you were happy!

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    Ah yes! This is the one that gets me every time. It was the same when I was a kid. I teach high schoolers, so I don't dare use this word anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyg View Post
    English can be a very odd, confusing, crazy but enjoyable language. Not so easy for people to learn as it's so odd at times.

    "I don't think I'm so old.", "I don't think that I'm so old." would perhaps convey the original meaning. "I'm so old that I don't think." or perhaps "I'm so old, I don't think." would convey the second meaning. The 'that' or the comma helping considerably!

    And then, just for fun, stress the first word in the sentence, then the second and so on. See how the meaning and emphasis changes?

    On the downloads page on my website, is a file called 'English is crazy'. It's still being added to as I find more craziness.
    I teach high school Spanish, and I am constantly talking about this phenomenon as it occurs not only in English but also en español. In Spanish, if you spell one letter wrong it can completely change the meaning of it, and the omission of accents can also alter a word's meaning. Sometimes it's downright comical. eg. ¿Cuántos años tienes? means "How old are you" or literally "How many years do you have?". But if you remove the tilde over the n, you get the word "anos" which in Spanish means anuses; so we really don't want students asking each other how many anuses they have. LOL!
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    I'm so old I remember when cataract surgery included a multi-day stay in a hospital with your head between two bricks to keep it motionless.

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    And what about those horribly thick-lensed glasses you had to wear afterwards.
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    As I am actually watching a re-run of his show I realize I can say:
    I'm so old that as a kid I met Craig Stevens when he was doing the hit TV show "Peter Gunn". Our family drove to Cleveland to see him arrive at the airport. I got to shake his hand and get his autograph. I've also been a Henry Mancini fan ever since 8)

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