Words that don’t make sense

Here are bunch of words that make you wonder whoever came up with that!

  • There’s no egg in eggplant
  • There’s no ham in hamburger
  • There’s no pine nor apple in pineapple
  • French fries weren’t invented in France
  • English muffins weren’t invented in England
  • There’s no dog in hot dogs.
  • Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
  • We don’t park our car on the parkway
  • We do park our car in the drive way
  • Irregardless is not a word.  Regardless means “without regard for” so irregardless must mean “without without regard for” and that would mean “with regard for” (if it were a word, that is).
  • Quicksand can work slowly
  • Boxing rings are square
  • Guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig
  • Writers write but fingers don’t fing
  • Grocers don’t groce
  • Hammers don’t ham
  • If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth?
  • One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?
  • You can make amends but not one amend?
  • If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
  • If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
  • If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
  • People recite at a play and play at a recital
  • People ship by truck and send cargo by ship
  • People have noses that run and feet that smell
  • How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
  • Your house can burn up as it burns down
  • You fill in a form by filling it out and in which
  • An alarm goes off by going on.
  • The human race is not a race at all.
  • When the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

Got any more?  Let me know and I will add them.  If you want more, here is an extensive list of unusual words!


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