Sometimes you wonder why certain words mean what they mean, or you're puzzled by particular phrases or sayings. A few of the following queries are original, but most have been
Why . . .
is "abbreviated" such a long word?
is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, while dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons?
didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
do they they call the airport a "terminal" if flying is so safe?
And why ...
is "phonetically" is spelled with a "ph"?
is a round pizza delivered in a square box?
isn't there a synonym for Thesaurus?
do people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up every two hours?
do we lose brain cells as we age, but fat cells last forever?
does flammable mean the same as inflammable?
did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
did they ever put an "s" in the word "lisp"?
do we park in a driveway, and drive in a parkway?
And finally, just ponder this point, which has been made before but is now truer than ever: If con is the opposite of pro, does that make congress the opposite of progress?
For more, similar ruminations, truisms and head-scratchers: Try out some oldtime Steven Wright jokes, or go to Ruminations for a younger take on things, or else Lemondrop to see how women slice it up.