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Are there English contrepèteries apart from this one ? [duplicate]

Do you know the difference between a nun in a church and a nun in a bath ? This sounds as a nun joke, it is not. Well, in church her soul is full of hope... Then you let your audience figure out ...
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Láska skala - English word play exists? [closed]

In Slovak language there are these two words: láska (love) and skala (rock) If you keep repeating any of above words, it kind of merges into another one, e.g.: la[skala][skala]ska... ska[laska][...
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What is this pencil-and-paper game called in English? [closed]

What's the name of the following children's game in English? It's a pencil and paper game whose players try to find, in writing and in a limited time, the words that begin with the same letter in the ...
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Longest Phrasal Verb?

In terms of word count, what is the longest phrasal verb in the language? (The longest that I can think of is only three words long, but there must be longer ones, right?) Take "bend over backward" ...
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Is there a well-known term for the synonym or near-synonym “telescoping” words?

This has been rattling around in the back of my mind for many years (way before Stack Exchange came into existence), so it's a relief to finally ask the question. There are words that can be "...
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Same word multiple times in a row - longest? [duplicate]

Examples: Thanks for painting my pub sign, but could you increase the size of the spaces between Bull and "and" and "and" and Bush? All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his ...
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Two or more words with the same plural

Let a multiplural be a word that has more than one singular form with different meanings. For example, AXES is the plural of both AX and AXIS and so is a multiplural. I have found these multiplurals: ...
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Relationship words for a 'Semantic Network' and also a Sentence Dilemma

The two sentences below are for a user input form for a semantic network. It is a standard, HTML-based form with two drop down menus (the square brackets represent the drop-down menus). Users use the ...
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Is there a word for a person with only one head?

Reading this article by the fantastic Douglas Adams I came across this interesting quote: ‘[I]nteractivity’ is one of those neologisms that Mr Humphrys likes to dangle between a pair of verbal ...
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Rime of the Ancient Mariner?

I recently read the beautiful poem by Samuel Coleridge. Why did he call it a rime? I looked up rime on the dictionary, and it means a thin layer of ice; so was the name playing around with the rhyme ...
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“Some champagne for my real friends, some real pain for my sham friends.”

Some champagne for my real friend, some real pain for my sham friends." Is there a name for this kind of sentence? Note: I'm not sure the origin of this, but it is a line in Spike Lee's movie, 25th ...
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Words whose pronunciation remains the same with the last four letters removed

A friend told me that the English word queue is the only word whose pronunciation remains the same when the last four letters are removed. I tried to think of others, but just couldn't. However, I ...
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Matryoshka words

Since it's Friday and others are playing games, here's another one to take us into the weekend. Everyone knows about those Russian nesting dolls (called matryoshka dolls, I believe). A small doll ...
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What word contains the most unique letters?

I'm assuming there isn't a word that contains every letter in the alphabet, so which word contains the most? Examples: antidisestablishmentarianism - 12 [antidseblhmr] psychotherapy - 12 [...
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What is the longest English word that starts and ends with the same letter?

I've found "enterprise", which is 10 letters long. Does anyone know of any longer words that start and end with the same letter? That letter doesn't have to be 'e', by the way. It just means that the ...
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What does “piracy pirates” mean?

What does the following phrase mean? In Soviet Russia, piracy pirates YOU. What is implied by "piracy pirates YOU" and what by "IN Soviet Russia"? Update 1: My difficulty was because the term "...
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What are games with phrases used by English speaking people?

What are word-games used by English speaking people? Mention any! Links to online games or descriptions are welcome! Context of question: something similar to How would an Englishman join “Awake ...
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Simple yet interesting English game for class? [closed]

I'll be hosting an English activity this week. Could you share some interesting English games which impressed you the most?
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What's the origin of Pig Latin?

Having studied Latin at High School and not being a native English native speaker, I have trouble understanding what the point of Pig Latin is. The text transformation rules, indeed, bring to ...
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English term for a word that differs from another one by just one letter

When I was a child, pretty much every children's magazine I subscribed to used to publish those little word-chain games where you had to get from one word to another — often an antonym — by replacing ...