Federico
ate and eight have the same sound when you speak. WHY?????

zero imagination to create another sound???? aauahuahauha 

Jun 24, 2014 2:26 PM
Comments · 5

Why was six afraid of seven?

 

 

 

Because seven ate nine.

Sorry, I had to.

June 24, 2014

Well, languages aren't "created" and then released to the masses.  English (and any other language aside from Esparanto/Klingon) evolves organically.

 

I can assure you that native speakers NEVER confuse "eight" and "ate" in conversation.  In fact, I can't think of any homophonic pair of words (blew & blue, gate & gait etc) which is the source of confusion or misunderstanding! 

 

Even words with the same spelling but different definitions like

 

fine = well, good,

fine = an infringement or penatly fee for doing something wrong

fine = well-ground, as in fine sugar

fine = high-class/quality like, fine wine, fine art, fine dining

 

The context is always clear of meaning! So...you may deem it as a lack of "creativity" but it sounds quite efficient to me!

 

Many languages share this facet, and some to far greater degree (like Chinese...)

 

Context!

June 24, 2014

You can pronounce ate /et/ if that makes you happy ;-)

June 24, 2014
June 24, 2014

"et" is an informal way to say (and also spell) "ate".

June 24, 2014
Federico
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