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So where do babies come from?

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Edward Grim
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I heard someone say that you can tell what kind of person someone is by the questions they have to ask. Who knows how much that makes sense. But anyhoo, what question is top on your list of all-time inquiries?

Mine is:

"Why can't you answer this question?"



This thread isn't meant to get answers because answers are futile. Here's another question:

"What's the 'w' for in 'answer'?

“Suddenly a giant Cabbage Patch Doll jumps out from behind the shower curtain and grabs him violently.”

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hospital.
I do not buy the ans&er of "from crane".
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Edster:  Question:  Why does pea soup always taste better on the second day?

Babies:  I was going to that babies come directly fromn hell and their purpose in life is to torment their parents, but I'm not going to say that because I'm never going to make another cynical remark as long as I live.

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What's the 'w' for in 'answer'?


Well it doesn't stand as difficult to answer, unless one is weighed down by much laziness.

But for those that are interested in an answer: The w is simply for the word swear or a word closely related to it, even though we don't pronounce it anymore.


Here is a note from Etymology on-line:

"Answer

O.E. andswaru, from and- "against" (see ante-) + -swaru "affirmation," from swerian "to swear," reflecting the original sense of "make a sworn statement rebutting a charge." A common Gmc. compound (cf. O.S. antswor, O.N. andsvar, O.Fris. ondser), implying a P.Gmc. *andswara-. Meaning "a reply to a question," the main modern sense, was in O.E. Answerable "liable to be held responsible" is from 1548. "

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Very cool. Thanks Ess!
Edward Grim
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You know Ess, I've never met someone with such a vast knowledge of linguistics. You've got quite a skill there, man. Kudos.

“Well all the apostles, they’re sittin’ on the swings, sayin’ I’d sell off my savior for a set of new rings.”

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Thanks Ed.  I appreciate your saying.
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OH.

And for Ed?

I answer you, with the answer my momma told me, when I asked where babies come from:

"Their mommas..."

That made such sudden sense to me--like a freakin' light bulb!

Edward Grim
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Hahaha! Well, fortunately I wasn't serious about not knowing where babies come from. I do however have no idea where adults come from. I'm told they come from babies and that's just sick. LOL



But here's a serious question(s):

If hell is the place of eternal evil and pain, then how did God create it? Did God create it? If God didn't create it, who did? The Devil? Didn’t God create the Devil?

Steph, I'm waiting for some answers here. See, now that I know what the "w" is for, I'll accept answers now. lol

“Well all the apostles, they’re sittin’ on the swings, sayin’ I’d sell off my savior for a set of new rings.”

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Oh and you're welcome Ess. I actually have a question for you (a legitimate one).

Why is "phoenix" spelled p-h-o-e-n-i-x and not p-h-e-o-n-i-x? The way it is spelled, it should sound like "Ph-oh-nix". If the two vowels were swapped, it would look a little more like it sounds "Phe-oh-nix."

So what's the deal with that?

“Well all the apostles, they’re sittin’ on the swings, sayin’ I’d sell off my savior for a set of new rings.”

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I believe the oe is just a retention of the latin spelling for the Greek dipthong οι (o micron "short o" and iota) Most of the Greek oi's thro Latin oe's came into English as e, as in economy from Latin oeconomia from Greek οικονομια [oikonomia] (οικος [oikos] "house" + -νομια [-nomia] "management/arrangement" ), but a few oe's are kept as in phoenix, related to Phoenician, and homoeopathy.  But most of these also have spellings without the o as phenix, and homeopathy.    In Old English phoenix was spelt as fenix .

 
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