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57 votes
10 answers
88k views

"Eat" is to "feed" as "drink" is to what?

52 votes
9 answers
18k views

Why is there no plural indefinite article?

47 votes
6 answers
140k views

Is there a gender-neutral word for "aunts and uncles"/"parents' siblings"?

43 votes
7 answers
27k views

"For all it's worth" or "for all its worth"?

41 votes
8 answers
222k views

How did "sinister", the Latin word for "left-handed", get its current meaning?

38 votes
5 answers
49k views

Why are "sugar" and "sure" pronounced with an SH?

31 votes
3 answers
46k views

Why does "for good" mean "forever"?

28 votes
8 answers
27k views

Where did the expression "my two cents" come from?

27 votes
5 answers
8k views

"A whole nother" way of looking at things

27 votes
4 answers
8k views

Why is it true that "I before E, except after C"?

26 votes
3 answers
50k views

Why does the ending -ough have six pronunciations?

24 votes
6 answers
154k views

"Clean as a whistle" — why is a whistle considered appropriate for describing cleanliness?

23 votes
3 answers
24k views

What reasoning is behind the names of the trigonometric functions "sine", "secant" and "tangent"?

22 votes
13 answers
34k views

What's an idiom for doing something in an unnecessarily complicated way?

21 votes
2 answers
32k views

Why is "sergeant" pronounced "sargent"?

20 votes
9 answers
28k views

What is the origin of "hissy fit"?

20 votes
3 answers
11k views

Where did the "ue" in "tongue" come from?

19 votes
7 answers
31k views

Where did "There, there" (in consoling) come from?

19 votes
4 answers
15k views

Where did the word "umpteenth" come from?

18 votes
3 answers
60k views

Origin of "man!", "(oh) boy!", and "oh brother"

18 votes
2 answers
1k views

Is there a word for having more than ten fingers?

17 votes
3 answers
12k views

Why is Ukraine often called "the Ukraine"? [duplicate]

17 votes
1 answer
4k views

Where did the names of English letters come from, and why are they all monosyllabic (except for "w")? [duplicate]

17 votes
4 answers
13k views

Why does the name 'John' have an 'h' in it?

16 votes
5 answers
13k views

Where did the phrase "used to" come from?

16 votes
2 answers
39k views

Why is "plaid" pronounced "plad"?

16 votes
1 answer
5k views

If we say "Socrates", "Hippocrates", etc, why don't we say "Aristoteles"? Why "Aristotle"?

16 votes
2 answers
9k views

Why is "margarine" pronounced with a soft "g"?

16 votes
3 answers
4k views

Why is “Saturday” Romanic?

16 votes
2 answers
27k views

Why does gasoline have the word "gas" in it, if it's never gaseous?

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