This thread has really got me thinking! Especially the idea of English being an amalgam. While other languages may be spoken more in terms of population, English really is like the "common" language of our species. It's used as a blanket of understanding in so many places where English isn't the first language. It makes sense that it would be affected by the quirks of all other languages that make it up, and are adjacent to it through simultaneous use across the world. Of course it's weird!I mean, look at that damn word. W E I R D. Why not weerd? Why not wierd? Wheered? Wered? We would say all of these the same in English, but WEIRD is the proper spelling. Bunch of freaking weirdos.