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The word buffalo is interesting because it can be both a singular and a plural noun as well as a verb whose conjugation is the same for both singular and plural subjects, and, when capitalized, the name of a city. Let's replace each instance of buffalo with a different word that acts similarly to the way that instance of buffalo is used and then parse ...


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Ball as in 'sphere' comes from Norse 'bǫllr' /bɔlːr/, while ball as in 'dance party' comes from Latin 'ballare', which in turn became 'bal' (French for 'a dance'). Totally different roots, it's just one of those quirks of English having absorbed bits of so many different languages. Edit as requested to provide a bit more detail: 'Ball' meaning 'sphere' ...


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This wikipedia entry has a table like yours::


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We can explain it in steps: Buffalo buffalo = buffalo from Buffalo buffalo = verb meaning to intimidate English allows relative clauses without overt relative pronouns. So Buffalo buffalo (that) Buffalo buffalo buffalo = buffalo from Buffalo that buffolo from Buffolo intimidate This whole phrase is itself the subject of another instance of the verb ...


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The verb is to fare: When you send your daughter off to camp, you hope she’ll fare well. That’s why you bid her a fond farewell. When you want to see how something will work out, you want to see how it fares. “Fair” as a verb is a rare word meaning “to smooth a surface to prepare it for being joined to another.” Fare: The word fare in ...


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I googled for rhyming dictionaries which include (at a minimum) slant rhyme, and came across the site B-Rhymes, which does, indeed, give "salient" as a match for "alien" (but does not, as I guessed, have an entry for pwn).


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If your friend wrote "dropped" on the exam he wanted to drop, and the examiner subsequently told him that he should have written something that sounded like "draw up," it seems possible that the examiner was telling your friend that he should have written "drop," rather than "dropped," on the paper. The rationale for the examiner's comment might be that ...



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