Although I receive questions about every conceivable topic,
the most common single category is word origins. Although I've
included a few etymological entries in the Imponderables series,
I've always felt queasy about including them. Imponderables should
be mysteries you can't solve by consulting other reference books, and
there is no way to track down the origins of our illogical language
without the Oxford English Dictionary and scores of other
Imponderables Online Bookstore.