One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she put Frank's card on the shelf’
ledge, bracket, sill, rack
bookshelf, mantelshelf, mantelpiece
2‘the waters above the shelf’
sandbank, sandbar, bank, bar, reef, shoal
‘the tangled love life of a 30-year old woman who fears she will be left on the shelf’
unmarried, single, without a partner, without a spouse, without a husband, without a wife, unattached, on one's own
lonely, unloved, neglected
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