English is a relatively modern language, as such go.
Because of that, it took the semantics and pragmatics of languages lightly, using whatever was convenient at each time from older languages.
That is why English, from the indo-european languages around, is one with the least set rules, the most exceptions and garbled up phonetics.
Advice to anyone very young today, learn English early!
As someone coming late to it, I am still having trouble with "throw the horse over the fence hay".
Native speakers have to pause and think a bit, the way I manage to garble the poor language.
The Great White North, where we get taxed out the wazoo
George Carlin did a bit about "I'm getting IN the plane; let the daredevils get ON the plane."
Kinda the same thing...
I like that they've decide the demon box-on-wheels is an okay place to be, especially with non refundable stall and entry fees.
You used to get "on board" or "aboard" a train. I guess that came from ships and the deck being a board. Board used to refer to meals, "room and board" and that probably comes from a table being a board. Bluey is right, English is a pretty mish mash of grammar and derivatives.
Our pigs get into the trailer and the horses get on the trailer, or in it, depending on how well the operation is going.
Do you load your horse "onto" your trailer? Or "into" it?
"I loaded the horse into the trailer."
Once he's loaded, is he "on" the trailer? Or "in" it?
"He is loaded in, and he's ready to go!" or "he is loaded up, and he's ready to go!"
This weekend...helping a friend load her horses to move them to our farm...it was more along the lines of....
"I approached the trailer and saw a redhead mare giving me the stink eye. We tried to load her IN the trailer, but she acted like she wanted to load ON the trailer. After getting her IN the trailer, she spun around like an idjit and tried to get OVER the trailer [rear door.]"
If wishes were horses then beggars would ride...
DLA: Draft Lovers Anonymous
Originally Posted by talkofthetown
As in, the majikal butterfly-fahting gypsy vanners.