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 re: Out of all the responses so far ......
by Brian Wainscott)
Right out of the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:
Main Entry: quag
Pronunciation: 'kwag, 'kwäg
Etymology: origin unknown
: MARSH, BOG
Posted by Penny
on 2004-02-12 20:58:37