I’m with Norma. Sometimes an “observation” about the inconsistency of words is really meant as more of a pun.
TEXT OF COMIC:
Why do you drive on a parkway and park in a driveway?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Why is it called a pineapple if it contains neither pine nor apple?
If “cacti” is the plural of “cactus,” why isn’t “I” the plural of “us,” instead of the other way around?
Here’s an article that gives the etymological origins for all those words, and the logical reasons why your interpretations of them are not reflective of the reality.
You know, on the one hand I do find these explanations interesting and informative…
But on the other hand, it feels kind of like I made a funny pun on two similar words, and then somebody interrupted to say, “WELL ACTUALLY, those may sound the same, but they’re two different words with unrelated origins.” It kind of ruins the amusement.
MOUSEOVER TEXT: an egalitarian eats eagles