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Last edited at 7:06PM on 11/30/2011
For the same reason here, deer, bare, and pair, sound like them also. English is a hodgepodge of many many (mostly latin) languages. Even though there are bits and pieces of languages from all over the world it is the one of the hardest to learn because there are sooo many silly things (usually the simple words) that don't follow standardized rules of exacting grammar.
You can thank Noah Webster for that. Webster was one of the most important forces in shaping American culture during the crucial time following the American Revolution. Webster dedicated his life to the study of vocabulary, called lexicography. Following the American Revolution, Webster noticed that the new nation was using textbooks imported from England to teach the English language to American youth. A strong believer in forging a new “American Identity,” Webster wrote new textbooks that he said “liberated” the English language from the clutches of Great Britain’s elite, who he believed had control over the language. The textbooks were published in 1783. In them, he revised the spelling of words that he considered “too complicated” under the British rules. For example he dropped the “u” out of the word “color” to try and create a language that was uniquely American.