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Topic: Definitions

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    1. Why is it that we recite at a play and play at a recital? (Contributed by Don F.)
    2. Why is a wise man and wise guy opposites? (Contributed by Don F.)
    3. Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing? (Contributed by Don F.)
    4. Why can't we ever Sit to be corrected? (Contributed by Don F.)
    5. Why is it that night falls but day breaks? (Contributed by Don F.)
    6. Why when I wind up my watch I start it but when I wind up a project I end it? (Contributed by Don F.)
    7. Why does "cleave" mean both split apart and stick together? (Contributed by Don F.)
    8. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing? (Contributed by Don F.)
    9. Why does flammable and inflammable mean the same thing? (Contributed by Don F.)
    10. Why is "crazyman" an insult while to insert a comma and say "Crazy, man!" is a compliment? (Contributed by Don F.)
    11. Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack? (Contributed by Don F.)
    12. Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things? (Contributed by Don F.)
    13. Why do they call them offspring? Why not onspring? (Contributed by Don F.)
    14. If horrific means to make horrible does terrific mean to make terrible? (Contributed by Eldridge Scales)
    15. Why do you chop a tree down then chop it up? (Contributed by Graham Wallace)
    16. Why do we say Lets get this show on the road when we want it to start? Doesn't that imply the opposite? (Contributed by Claire B.)
    17. Why does everybody have a different definition of 'good enough'? (Contributed by Alex Petty)
    18. What is meant exactly when we say 'Look Out'? Were we ever looking in? (Contributed by santos)
    19. Why are people overwhelmed but never just whelmed? (Contributed by Alex Petty)
    20. Why do people tell us to be alert when they want our attention? Just what is a 'lert'? (Contributed by J.J.)
    21. Why do we order 'out' when we order 'in'? (Contributed by Britt)
    22. If incline means to go up and decline means to go down then does cline mean to stay even? (Contributed by Jim Adams)
    23. What exactly IS a "Country Crock"? (Contributed by M. Sterling)
    24. If subpar means below par and submarine means below water what does sublime and substitute mean? (Contributed by Jim Adams)
    25. If you are acquainted with someone does that make that person a "quaint"? And if so what exactly is that? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    26. If you are born legitimate but take ill does that make you ill-legitimate? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    27. Just what does 'OK' stand for? (Contributed by Building19)
    28. Why do people sit down during the day and sit up late at night? (Contributed by Dan St.Amand)
    29. If you say something twice you are being redundant. So if you only say it once are you being dundant? (Contributed by Warren Kramer)
    30. How can 'crash course' and 'collision course' have two different meanings? (Contributed by Keith Sullivan)
    31. Why does the word 'sanction' mean both to permit and to prohibit? How are you suppose to know which it is? (Contributed by Dave Tippett)
    32. Why does the word 'cataract' mean both a waterfall and an eye defect? What do they have in common? (Contributed by Dave Tippett)
    33. Why does brushing UP on something help you to get it DOWN pat? (Contributed by Steve Anderson)
    34. If there are fastidious people does that mean there are also slowtidious people? If so just what do these people do? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    35. What is the meaning of the word 'the'? (Contributed by Angela Trana)
    36. Exactly what is a 'yabut'? (Contributed by Angela Trana)
    37. How can you "blatantly" ignore something? Since blatant means conspicuous obvious and offensively noisy or loud do you think its really possible to blatantly ignore something? (Contributed by Wayne)
    38. Why do we say that we are sitting if we have already sat? (Contributed by osmapd)
    39. Why isn't contest the opposite of protest? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    40. If you really run away from home are you actually running away? If you're driving away would you be known as a drivaway? (Contributed by Jay Money)
    41. You have pessimists and you have optimists but what are you called if you're neutral? (Contributed by Jay Money)
    42. Why do people say 'I think not'? That's not something to brag about is it? (Contributed by Randy van der Woning)
    43. Why do people get things down pat but not down joe or up bob around al etc.? (Contributed by Pat Walter)
    44. Is a Thesaurus an ancient reptile with an excellent vocabulary? (Contributed by Funny Bone)
    45. Shouldn't the definition of 'unless' be 'more'? (Contributed by UGA)
    46. What's the word for when you can't think of the word? (Contributed by Cecil)
    47. If 'X' is an unknown quotient and a 'spurt' is a drip under pressure, what exactly is an 'Expert'? (Contributed by Rob)
    48. Why is the letter 'X' used to represent the unknown? (Contributed by Floyd)
    49. How many kids actually run away? Wouldn't it be better to say "walk away"? (Contributed by J.S.)
    50. What is the definition of "is"? (Contributed by A.N.)
    51. Of all the words in the English language, why does the word 'set' have the most definitions? (Contributed by Gangadeep)
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