Inquiring Minds Want to Know…

  • Why night falls, but day breaks (and why they’re both so clumsy). ~me
  • Why a butt dial and a booty call are two completely different things. ~allisoncollins (
  • Why writers write and painters paint, but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham. ~unknown
  • Why parents always announce the birth of their new baby (“We just had a new baby!”). Do some people give birth to old babies? ~me
  • Why go can mean anything: “So, I go (say), ‘I have to go (use the toilet) before I go (leave).'” ~me
  • Why people always deal with “odds and ends” together, but never separately. ~me
  • Why oversee means to watch carefully, but overlook means the opposite. ~me
  • Why there are no young fogies. ~me
  • If womb is pronounced “woom” and tomb is pronounced “toom,” shouldn’t bomb be pronounded “boom”? ~death-lines (
  • If vegetarians eat vegetables, do humanitarians eat humans? ~me
  • Words containing meow: “meowed,” “meowing,” “homeowner”* ~macleod (

*Cats, I suspect, are responsible for the spelling of this latter word.


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Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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48 Responses to Inquiring Minds Want to Know…

  1. yakpro2015 says:

    Why there are no young fogies. ~meBelieve me, There are! More than you think!!

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  2. Linda Lee @LadyQuixote says:

    I have a headache now. Thanks, bro. 😉

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Daniel Kemp says:

    I have stars in my eye as well as looking at stars in the sky. The men in white coats are asking me to go with them.

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  4. Fun fact: “Oversee” and “overlook” may mean opposite things, but the word “oversight” can mean both things (the action of overseeing something, or an inadvertent failure to notice something).

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  5. This is like a Dad-Joke cheat sheet!!

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  6. Gina Cash says:

    Well, to be precise, bomb doesn’t say boom, but it goes boom. 😉

    Liked by 6 people

  7. I wonder about “new beginnings.” Has their ever been an old beginning?

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  8. Norman Peterson says:

    Are invalids invalid? Do you rake a lawn or are you a rake? You can punch a bag but you cannot bag a punch. Is it a round about or is it round about here?

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  9. Thanks for the fun on a chilly and gloomy day!

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  10. Read some of these to my six-year-old a few minutes ago and she’s still meowing. ☺️ I’ve always wondered why “bomb” doesn’t have any p’s or other explosive sounds (neither does “war”). “Explosive” sounds much more … explosive to me.

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  11. It was good to read the “me’s” hadn’t thought of any of them . Thanks Mitch!

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  12. You have to be careful about about day break – I once stubbed my toe on a day break and it hurt for weeks.

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  13. Piano girl says:

    Thanks for making me lol. 😆

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  14. trE says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed these, Mitch! Lol! 😂🤣😆

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  15. joyroses13 says:

    Number 2 cracked me up!
    All good ones. 😃 Never had thought of the “new baby” wording but yes, why the word new? 😂

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  16. Thotaramani says:

    Wisest People writing Wise Words 👍🏻😊

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  17. Very clever and entertaining, Mitch. I really enjoyed reading these.

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  18. Nancy Ruegg says:

    The English language is such fun! Thanks for these examples, Mitch!

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  19. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Yes, and why do we park on a driveway drive on a parkway.-Gallager. Fun. Hope all is well.


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  20. C.A. Post says:

    Hey, Mitch, you good.
    Now figure out what it means! 😁

    Translator for Visitors to Kentucky

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  21. mitchteemley says:

    ;>) I live ten minutes away from Kentucky, C.A., so I’ve heard this more than a few times!


  22. Brain actively wondering all these things. English is a hard language!

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