THIS IS GREAT for wordsmiths! Read all the way to the end. This took a lot of work to put together.
nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that
quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither
from Guinea nor is it a pig.
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them,
what do you call it?
In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?
while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up
as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
which, of course, is not a race at all.
PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick' ?
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page
and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.
It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.