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Motors are electric, Internal combustion engines are, well engines.
Yet you have...

Ford Motor Company
General Motors
British Motor Works
John Cooper Motor Works
American Motors
Maxwell Motor Company
Toyota Motor Corp
Honda Motor Corp
Mazda Motor Corp
Delorean Motor Company
Harley Davidson Motorcyles

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anyone in his class referring to an ICE as a "motor" would be flunked!
Surely you meant failed as sure as all electrical devices are driven by motors but not all motors are electric. A wind up toy has a motor and so does a car. The engine is the car's motor!
Semantics is a major part in the linguistics of proper diction. Ergo, absolutism is only useful to establish fools.
 

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One thing that peeves me is the use of the word sell when they mean sale. I see many ads that read, I have for sell a whatever.
 

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One thing that peeves me is the use of the word sell when they mean sale. I see many ads that read, I have for sell a whatever.
Will you sale me three whatevers and throw in a thingamabob for free?
 

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Alternate spelling of the word "fish" - GHOTI

GH as in "rough"
O as in "women"
TI as in "action"

And why is the word "women" pronounced as "wimmin", but "woman" is pronounced as "wuman"?
 
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