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Why Don’t We Call the Washer the Clothes-Washer When We Call the Dish-Washing Machine the Dishwasher?

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Will from Lexington, Kentucky, has a long-running dispute with his girlfriend. Is it appropriate to call the machine that launders your clothing a clothes-washing machine rather than just a washing machine? And why do we call the machine that cleans the dishes a dishwasher rather than a dish-washing machine? This is part of a complete episode.

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