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The Unreliable Answers Show

Today on the Unreliable Answers Show, we tackle a real poser that has a surprisingly simple explanation.

Listener Schuyler Hupp asks:

Hey, how come when it's "fore," then it's "word," but when it's "back," then it's "ward?"

Well, little buddy, you see, in times not long past, insane asylums had towering neon marquees.

  • POUGHKEEPSIE BOOBY HATCH

  • CARBONDALE HOME FOR THE ANNOYING

  • PRESBYTERIAN MANOR OF RESTRAINT

This advertised a place where you could have your loved ones locked up if they were trying to freeze you out of your inheritance or blackmail your mistress or something. Good for business. So the WORDS were in the FORE.

The WARDS, where the patients played checkers with their noses in their straitjackets, were in the BACK.

As always, we welcome your questions and might even answer them if the coffee has kicked in.

(The information provided on the Unreliable Answers Show is not intended as investment advice or medical diagnosis.)
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