Did you ever wonder ?

Did you ever wonder why…?


…there is no egg in eggplant.

…there is no apple or pine in pineapple.

…English muffins weren’t invented in England.

…French fries weren’t invented in France.

…sweetmeats are candies and not meat.

…sweetbreads are meats, but aren’t sweet.

…quicksand can work slowly.

…boxing rings are square.

…a guinea pig is not from Guinea and is not a pig.

…writers write, but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce, and hammers don’t ham.

…the plural of tooth is teeth, but the plural of booth isn’t beeth.

…its one goose and 2 geese, but not one moose and 2 meese.

…you can make amends but not one amend.

…teachers have taught, but preachers have never praught.

…we recite at a play and play at a recital.

…we park on driveways and drive on parkways.

…a house can burn up as it burns down.

…we fill in a form by filling it out.

…an alarm clock “goes off” by going on.

…the human race isn’t a race at all.

…we wind up a watch to get it started, but when we wind up an essay, we end it.

…a wise man and a wise guy are opposites.

…overlook and oversee are opposites.

…quite a lot and quite a few are the same.

…vegetarians dine on vegetables, but humanitarians do not dine on humans.

Comment below if you have any other English “mysteries” to share.

Did you ever wonder why…?

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12 Responses to Did you ever wonder ?

  1. Ayub Ahmed April 13, 2015 at 4:33 PM #

    Excellent.. Very nice and interesting.

  2. ABDUL MATIN SHEIKH September 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM #

    Very Very Interesting.

  3. maridel meneses August 23, 2014 at 10:20 PM #

    priceless & worthless are not the same

  4. Uj June 1, 2014 at 1:33 AM #

    So interesting!

  5. mohnooh April 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM #

    Haha ..loving these

  6. Shahnaz December 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM #

    Hilarius,I really enjoyed it .I have one ,lady’s finger is not a lady nor a finger,

  7. Shahid December 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM #

    Most interesting was the last one. By the way some humanitarians dine on human beings.

  8. Ahmed Bello December 28, 2013 at 7:55 PM #

    There is tall, taller, tallest but there is no bad, badder, baddest.

    Inpatient and outpatient are unrelated.

    You can outnumber but not innumber.

    You can overwhelm but not underwhelm.

    Undercover agents, not overcover agents uncover plots.

    If you can have triplets why not twoplets?

    Awesome, fearsome, adoresome?
    Etc, etc, etc.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ December 30, 2013 at 9:43 AM #

      Really nice ones. Thank you for sharing them ๐Ÿ™‚