We loved this blog post from blacklab on SpeedGuide.net:
And, we suggest you read it for our sequel to mean even more than it would on its own.
Anyway, here is our stab at a “part 2” of insights into our sometimes perplexing language:
- A post is stationary, but you must post stationery to move it.
- If two men are in the same place, why aren’t they togethim instead of together?
- In a restaurant, wouldn’t we want our food brought to us by a rusher rather than a waiter?
- If we deplane and detrain, why don’t we deboat and decar?
- To force someone to give up, we say “you’re going down!”
- How come when a gun is fired it’s working but when a person is fired he/she’s not working?
- If “some” means unspecified but considerable in number, and “one” means a single unit or individual, isn’t the word “someone” contradictory?
- Why do we drill down to get a close up?
- Why do we put a towel on to dry off?
- If profess means to declare openly, why is it considered professional to withhold information?