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    1. If inert is to be stationary what is ert? (Contributed by Don F.)
    2. Why do people use the word 'irregardless'? (Contributed by Don F.)
    3. Is it still an 'ECHO' if you don't hear it the first time? (Contributed by Don F.)
    4. Shouldn't there be a shorter word for 'monosyllabic'? (Contributed by Don F.)
    5. Why can't you make another word using all the letters in 'anagram'? (Contributed by Don F.)
    6. Why is 'abbreviation' such a long word? (Contributed by Don F.)
    7. Why doesn't 'onomatopoeia' sound like what it is? (Contributed by Don F.)
    8. Why do some people type 'cool' as 'kewl'? (Contributed by Don F.)
    9. Why is 'French' not a French word? (Contributed by Don F.)
    10. Isn't the word 'Deadline' just a little too harsh? (Contributed by Alex Petty)
    11. Why is 'big' such a small word? (Contributed by Alex Petty)
    12. Why is the word 'little' bigger than the word 'big'? (Contributed by Samt)
    13. Can you plan to be spontaneous tomorrow? (Contributed by Raymond Jensen)
    14. What is another word for 'stuff'? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    15. Why are there 5 syllables in the word 'monosylabic'? (Contributed by Erik Freeman)
    16. Don't you find it odd that you can't make any other word with the four letters in the word 'word'? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    17. If some people are 'overwhelmed' does that mean the rest of the people are just 'whelmed'? (Contributed by scola)
    18. What's the opposite of 'disheveled'? Sheveled or heveled? (Contributed by Warren Kramer)
    19. Does anybody else find it strange that the word 'phonics' begins with the letter 'p'? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    20. Why is the word 'short' longer than the word 'long'? (Contributed by Jason)
    21. If you are lax about something and then are lax about it again is that called a relax? (Contributed by Bill Stebbins)
    22. Isn't it right that when you write copy you have the right to copyright the copy you write? And isn't it also right that if you write religious services you write rite and have the right to copyright the rite you write? (Contributed by Stan Kegel)
    23. Why do we call a sure thing, a 'cinch'? (Contributed by MailBits.com)
    24. Did you ever notice that the word evil is the word devil with the 'd' removed? (Contributed by W.J. Newhart)
    25. What is the difference between 'whoops' and 'oops'? And if there is none, then what's the purpose of the 'wh'? (Contributed by Margaret Mendoza)
    26. Why do we say that something terrific is a real 'doozy'? And just what is a doozy? Whatever it is, it must be a real doozy, right? (Contributed by MailBits.com)
    27. Why is something nonsensical, called a lot of 'bunk'? (Contributed by MailBits.com)
    28. Does 'opposite' have an opposite? (Contributed by Carson Maddocks)
    29. Why is the abbreviation for pound 'lb'? (Contributed by MailBits.com)
    30. Who made up all the swear words? And who determined that they were bad words? (Contributed by starlight)
    31. What's the point of the 'b' on the end of dumb? (Contributed by Gene and Barb Lindholm)
    32. Is 'Gadzillion' actually a word? (Contributed by Sarah D.)
    33. Before you can retaliate, does someone first have to taliate? If so, just what would they be doing? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    34. Why do we say that something that's out of control has gone 'haywire'? (Contributed by MailBits.com)
    35. We don't use bad words in front of some people because it offends them, right? So, if I was offended by the word 'the', would other people get in trouble for using it? (Contributed by Hank T.)
    36. Almost all of the English, French, and Spanish words come from Latin, but what language did all the Latin words come from? (Contributed by Ossie Michelin)
    37. Why is it impossible to say the word 'lisp' properly if you have one? (Contributed by Octopussy)
    38. Why is someone who is in the know considered 'hip'? (Contributed by MailBits.com)
    39. Have you ever wondered why there's no 'I' in ophthalmology? (Contributed by R. Nash)
    40. How come if you add one letter (a) to a 3 letter, one-syllable word (are), it becomes a 3 syllable word (area)? (Contributed by Floyd Maxwell)
    41. If it's its, why is it "its"? And if it's it's, why is it "it is"? (Contributed by John Foster)
    42. Is 'datstaff' the opposite of 'distaff'? (Contributed by John Foster)
    43. Aren't always and never two words you should always remember never to use? (Contributed by The Duke of Endor)
    44. Do you suppose that somewhere out there, there is someone who doesn't understand the word 'it'? How would you explain it to them? (Contributed by Joe)
    45. What is narf? And why does everybody want some? (Contributed by Phil Euope)
    46. Why does the word 'impossible' suggest otherwise? I'm possible. (Contributed by vinodh)
    47. We all know the opposite of disappear is appear, right? So the opposite of disgruntle would be gruntle, wouldn't it? If so, just what is a gruntle? (Contributed by Brian)
    48. Why, uh, do we, uh, say 'Uh' after, uh, every two, uh, words? (Contributed by Scammaster)
    49. Isn't fame by any other word, still self serving? (Contributed by Pat F.)
    50. How can you be in 'cahoots' with somebody but not just in 'hoots' with them? (Contributed by Lacey Thomas)
    51. How can something be 'uncanny' but not just 'canny'? (Contributed by Lacey Thomas)
    52. Why are there five syllables in 'monosyllabic'? (Contributed by Stupid)
    53. If subnormal is less than normal, then wouldn't substantial be less than stantial? (Contributed by Mladen)
    54. Was the person who invented the word 'die', a pessimist? (Contributed by Valerie)
    55. What is the 'slang' word for slang? (Contributed by Valerie)
    56. What's with the word 'unprepossessing'? Why use it? If you prepossess something and then put an 'un' in front of it, it completely cancels out the 'pre' part, right? Therefore, you are possessing is exactly the same as 'unprepossessing', isn't it? (Contributed by David)
    57. What is hip? (Contributed by Melania Lavric)
    58. When we are tired, why do we say we are 'pooped'? (Contributed by Janis G.)
    59. Have you ever looked at the word 'laugh' and tried to sound it out? (Contributed by Megan)
    60. If you take the 't' off of 'thought', you have 'though', right? How come it doesn't sound the same even though they are the same letters? (Contributed by Megan)
    61. Is 'bad' a bad word? (Contributed by T.M.)
    62. Shouldn't we always keep our words soft and sweet, just in case we have to eat them? (Contributed by Pat F.)
    63. If you say something is indescribable, isn't that describing it? (Contributed by C.T.)
    64. Why does the word 'Filipino' start with the letter 'F'? (Contributed by Dennis)
    65. How come to be humane is good and to possess humility is good, but to be humiliated is bad? (Contributed by Liem Chieu)
    66. Is there an abbreviation for acronym? (Contributed by Evaonne Hendricks)
    67. Why do people use the word 'disproportionate' to refer to a proportion of something when 'disproportionate' means 'lack of proportion'? (Contributed by Jonathan)
    68. If the past tense of choose is chose then wouldn't it make more sense if the past tense of squeeze to be squoze? (Contributed by Porsche)
    69. Has anyone else noticed that if you take the 'r' out of friend, you have a fiend? (Contributed by Evaonne Hendricks)
    70. Why is it that the first time you do research, it is re-search, rather than just search? (Contributed by SpiritDancer)
    71. Are 'thumb' and 'dumb' the only words in the English language that you add a 'b' for no apparent reason? (Contributed by Dean)
    72. Why is there an L in NOEL? (Contributed by Jordon)
    73. Why do people call us the humankind when only some humans ARE kind? And why are we also called mankind but not femalekind? (Contributed by FORDMANMAL)
    74. Why do the words 'female' have 'male' in it and 'she' have 'he' in it when they are the opposite sexes? (Contributed by FORDMANMAL)
    75. If something is extraordinary why isn't it just REALLY ordinary? (Contributed by hayden)
    76. Why doesn't "recall" mean "to call again"? (Contributed by Joey Schwartzman)
    77. Shouldnít we use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them? (Contributed by Steve)
    78. Why utilize when you can use? (Contributed by Jason)
    79. If a package is something you packed, and luggage is something you lug, why isnít garbage something you wear? (Contributed by The Vent on AccessAtlanta.com)
    80. If you can Re-Peat or Three-Peat, why canít you Peat? And if so, just what would you be doing? (Contributed by Sam Pittman)
    81. Why is the fear of long words called hippopotomonstrosesquippedal? (Contributed by Rene C.)
    82. How come the word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed? (Contributed by Gangadeep)
    83. Is a pronoun a word paid to take the place of a noun? (Contributed by Donald S.)
    84. Can words explain everything? (Contributed by Janet Z.)
    85. Why is rose a word that means up? I thought it was a flower, didnít you? (Contributed by Sarah)
    86. Why is it that if you want to change your gender, you are transgendered but if you want to change your race, you aren't transracial? (Contributed by Zagros)
    87. Who invented words? (Contributed by SQ)
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