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What exactly is an idiom?

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Is there a word for capitalizing in the middle of a word, as in "eBay"?

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What's the deal with "thank you kindly"?

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Why do "prisoner" and "jailer" mean different things?

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Why does a good gardener have a green thumb and not a green finger or hand?

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What is the origin of the knock-knock joke?

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Why does the common meaning of "impertinent" have nothing to do with "pertinent"?

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What was "well met!" supposed to mean?

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Why isn't "muscle" pronounced "muskle"?

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Why do "catsup" and "ketchup" coexist?

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Why are reveries sometimes called "brown" studies?

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Why doesn't "ninth" have an "e", like "ninety"?

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Why do some adjectives follow the nouns they modify?

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What is the structure in "as best you can"?

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Why is it "grandfather", but "great-uncle"?

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Why is "sherbet" pronounced "sherbert" so much?

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Why is "bade" pronounced "bad"?

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Why does "whence" have "when" in it?

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Why is "great" pronounced as "grate", but spelled with "ea"?

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Why does "air conditioning" always mean "cooling" and never "heating"?

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Why do we say "by all means" when we mean "by any means"?

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Why is "dog" in "underdog"?

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Why is "victuals" pronounced "vittles"?

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Is there a word for "umming"?

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Are double negatives ever appropriate in English?

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Why is "busy" pronounced "bizzy"?

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What comes after "octuplet"?

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Why is "gauge" spelled with a 'u'?

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Is there a term for a word coined to fit the rhyme/rhythm in a poem?

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Why the "meat" in "sweetmeat"?