A Conversation for Oddities of English
Cadi Merchionamercheluned Started conversation Nov 21, 2001
Solving and dissolving both lead to a solution.
Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing.
Researcher 191934 Posted Apr 20, 2002
It's not the Fin(n)ish that counts, it's the Polish.
gail-i-ab Posted Jul 10, 2004
Does anyone know why flammable and inflammable have the same meaning?
Xenophile Posted Jul 22, 2004
'Inflammable' was the original word for easily set on fire. As English is so widely used nowadays, and there being much scope for confusion by non-expert speakers, 'flammable' is seen as a less confusing - therefore safer - alternative.
The normal opposite of both is 'non-flammable'.
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