English is a marvelous and rich language. Yet native speakers seldom pause to consider its weird vocabulary. Coming from different countries and cultures and meandering the halls of history many English words now seem to have paradoxical definitions. These are wonder words because they make you wonder [Here are some from his website. If you love words, you will like this site]
Would some church music be considered organic?
Wouldn’t it be more accurate to call a fireman a waterman?
Do undertakers actually undertake when it comes to fees for funerals?
Isn’t kidnapping normal in kindergartens?
Aren’t even small Catholic churches massive?
Are overjoyed people too happy?
Like the wheel, wasn’t the lazy Susan a revolutionary idea?
Would the ugly truth be called the lowdown lowdown?
If money doesn’t grow on trees, then why do banks have branches?
If you run errands, aren’t you a go-getter
Isn’t a good steak rarely well done?
Didn’t rearing children once have something to do with spanking their butts?
Isn’t it amazing that anyone can stand sitting?
Exactly what is so fast about quicksand?
How do you get off a non-stop flight?
Why do they call dwellings stuck together apartments?
If you are just kidding, isn’t that childish?
Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
How come people recite at a play and play at a recital?
Why are goods sent by ship called cargo and those sent by truck shipment?
Doesn’t it seem the opposite of ability should be nobility?
In a stadium, why do they call a place where you sit the stands?
Why does a tugboat mostly push things in the harbor?
Did you ever have a comb you couldn’t part with?
What does it mean when the odds are even against you?
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