In an attempt to attract some interest, new blogger Funny english questions – Surya’s Pages (wordpress.com) published a list of interesting questions and comments about social norms and English language use. I replied to the following few. The rest are at the bottom, if you want to comment on any or all.
If a poison expires; is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?
Poisons do not ’expire,’ only people who take it. Depending on the poison, it might actually become more virulent. Some degrade, but almost none become non-poisonous.
Which letter is silent in the word “Scent,” the S or the C?
Why is the Letter W, in English, called a double U? Shouldn’t it be called double V?
I asked my Grade 4 teacher this in 1953. She said,” Wait till next year when you learn cursive writing. You’ll see that it is a double U.” In French, it is double V – when they’re not busy surrendering to a Girl Scout troop from Iceland.
SIX GREAT UNRESOLVED CONFUSIONS – turned out to be just the next four.
At a movie theater, which armrest is yours?
Both of them, if you get there early, plant both elbows, and the Incredible Hulk doesn’t sit beside you.
If people evolve from monkeys, why are monkeys still around?
If dogs evolved from wolves, why are wolves still around?
If Protestants evolved from Catholics, why are Catholics still around?
This is the kind of “Gotcha” question that Christian Apologists with absolutely no knowledge of Evolution ask. Monkeys do not evolve (present tense) into people. Human beings and monkeys both evolved from a common, ape-like ancestor, millennia ago. Some people are just more evolved than others.
Why is there a ‘D’ in fridge, but not in refrigerator?
Because the refrigerator is full, and there isn’t enough room.
Who knew what time it was when the first clock was made?
Anybody who could look up, see that the sun had reached its peak in the sky, and say, “It’s Noon!”
Why isn’t a Fireman called a Water-man?
Because he doesn’t get on that big red truck and rush to the water. He rushes to a fire.
Why do doctors “Practice” medicine? Are they having practice at the cost of the patients?
Because, like lawyers who “practice” law, the word has more than one meaning. The original one was, “habit, or custom.”
Why do they call it a TV ‘set’ when there is only one?
Because it consists of an assemblage – a set – of electronic components.
What are you vacating when you go on a “Vacation?”
Your desk, your chair, your employer, your house, your municipality, and often your better judgement.
You’re kinda cool man. 😎
I thought that I was past “Cool.” At my age it’s mostly rants and rambles. 😳
Would you like to join me?
Why? Are you coming apart?
This is obviously not Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood.
Do twins ever realize that one of them is “Unplanned”?
Maybe Oxygen is slowly killing you and it just takes 75-100 years to fully work.
Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.
The word “swims” upside-down is still “swims.”
(It depends on how you rotate it. It might just be “smiws.”)
100 years ago everyone owned a Horse and only the rich had Cars. Today everyone has Cars and only the rich own Horses.
If you replace “W” with “T” in “What, Where and When”, you get the answer to each of them.
Wonder why the word “Funeral” starts with FUN?
How come Lipstick doesn’t do what it says?
If money doesn’t grow on trees, how come Banks have Branches?
If a Vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a Humanitarian eat?
How do you get off a non-stop Flight?
(The way the guy in New York did recently. Pop open the emergency hatch, and jump down onto the runway.)
Why are goods sent by Ship called CARGO, and those sent by car, a SHIPMENT?
Why do we put cups in the “Dishwasher” and the dishes in the “Cupboard”?
(To get them clean, and then, to keep them clean.)
Why is it called “Rush Hour” when traffic moves at its slowest then?
How come Noses run and Feet smell?