commodorejohn wrote:sje46 wrote:I blame reddit for these repetitive memes.
Guess Lucy and Desi had a time machine...
I said I blame reddit for the *memes*. And jokingly at that. Not for the thought in general.
I was made aware of the flammable/inflammable thing from an early Simpsons episode which predates reddit by quite a bit. I'm referring to specifically flammable/inflammable being one of the first examples given of English being illogical, when you ask internet people. And again, not really blaming reddit, just using it as a scapegoat for general repeat-what-everyone-else-says-ness.
flammable/inflammable gets a disproportionate amount of attention, and is merely a relic of the prefix in- meaning multiple things in the source language of both words, so even if it's newer than I expected, it's still not really "English's fault". Other languages have these contradictions too.
There are many more valid things that make English weird or illogical, but it' always the easy, obvious, *heavily repeated by internet numskulls* things that people point out. Not anything about morphology or syntax or more in-depth grammar.