It's lazy! It's a lazy word. Like, think about it. It's actually just a sound that we could make accidentally. It's a sound that you could potentially hear coming from the bathroom stall next to you or something. (Sorry, too much?) Really, there are words like, "alphabet" and "onomatopoeia" that are working SO hard at being words, you know? Like, they're really just going for it! Syllables! Multiple consonants! "Ear" is NOTHING compared to those words. "Ear" is like the burnout kid smoking pot under the bleachers while "alphabet" and "onomatopoeia" are the captain of the football team and head cheerleader at the big game.
Do you know the history of the word "ear?" Probably not. DON'T GOOGLE IT! I'll tell you... Some cavemen were sitting around talking about what they were going to call stuff, when one caveman was stung by a bee right on the lobe! So he exclaims, "eeeeeeaaaaaaaaar!" and he grabbed his ear and all the other guys were like "Oog" and "Ahh" and they looked at each other and stuff (because for some reason they hadn't come up with a word for "yes" yet.) They thought he was naming the ear, and it was getting kind of late, so they just went with it. And that's where that word came from. I did a bunch of research on this, I promise. Don't worry about looking it up.
While we're talking about body part names... What about "eye?" Are we supposed to read into the word more than we do? Are we supposed to look at the fact that they're homophones and assume that eyes are named because our true selves are found in the eyes or something lame like that? Whatever.
Anyways, this isn't a particularly important thing to write about, but it is something that I thought about pretty hard on the bus earlier today.