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A = B = AB (Posted on 2004-02-10) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Oleomargarine is what margarine was originally called, sometimes shortened to 'oleo'. This makes it one of a select few: words which can be broken into two words, so that each of the two and the original word are synonymous. That is: oleomargarine = oleo = margarine. Can you find another two English words that share this property?

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re: Huh?? (re: Two more) | Comment 10 of 28 |
(In reply to Huh?? (re: Two more) by Sam)

Oh woe is me! What is the world coming to, when I find myself defending Penny's responses! :-)

Anyway, Sam, I think, in context, all of these are synonyms:

  • We watched until the play was over/done.
  • He drank so much beer, his pot/belly hung over his belt. (okay... reaching a bit here)
  • The soldiers were doing pushups, but now they're up/standing. (not quite equal to 'upstanding citizen', but...)
  • The running back received quite a hit, and now he's down/fallen
  • over much--I can't think of appropriate context
  • We had our man/servent announcing guests as they arrived. (Not thrilled with context, but valid.)

  Posted by SilverKnight on 2004-02-11 12:31:10
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