Too many ways to spell to ….

Today I have to agree with my Spanish friends and say that sometimes I hate the English language.  I actually had to call my mother this evening to confer with her as to whether to use the word “to” or “too” in a sentence.  It wasn’t a clear cut case, but of course Mom was right.  What’s up with to/too anyway?  Whose big idea was it to/too spell it two/to/too different ways?  And while we’re at it, let’s through it “two” in the mix.  As if “to” and “too” weren’t enough to confuse grammar school kids all over America.  Sigh.  Somehow I don’t think these things bother anyone but me, or at least I’m only one complaining about them.

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