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Some idioms involving eggs are fairly well known, including with egg on one’s face (‘appearing foolish or ridiculous’), kill the goose that lays the golden egg (‘destroy a reliable and valuable source of income’), and walk on eggshells (‘be extremely cautious about one’s words or actions’).
According to the OED the word 'detective' just didn’t occur to us in the sixteenth, seventeenth, or eighteenth centuries, from which we infer that we had no pressing need for it.
There is considerable fascination – quite rightly so – with the longest words in English. But an equally curious feature is that of the shortest words.