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?
(In reply to Huh?? (re: Two more)
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.)