Bat and Bat
The English language has many concerns with many people. It can be very difficult for someone to understand if they are not accustomed to its ways. As there are many things that drive me crazy within the language, one of the most annoying things to me is a homonym. Homonyms are words that are both spelled and said the same, but have completely different meanings.
One of the most commonly compared homonyms is the words bat and bat. One bat means the baseball equipment used to hit a ball, and the other is used to describe a webbed-winged flying mammal. Two completely different things. Homonyms can cause many problems in people’s lives and can cause a lot of confusion.These problems do not only occur in readings and texts, but also in the way people talk. People will say, “That blew my mind” or “Why are you such a chicken?” In both of these examples, they are saying something but not meaning what they are saying. People’s minds are not being blown up, and they are not literal chickens.
I understand that most people get that people are not actually literal and that they are just stating a common statement, but the people who are not accustom or are new to the English language may get easily confused.
As this is something that causes a lot of confusion and problems, I think this makes the English language and the way we speak it unique.
So as I may not like it, it is important to understand and help other people understand so that not everyone takes these things literally!