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?
Out of all the responses so far, I think the best ones are taxicab
. Those are probably the two words the puzzle is asking for.
Edited on February 12, 2004, 10:41 am