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Beware the Misles

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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:08 pm

Two fairly common words that have more than one pronunciation are aunt and Caribbean. I've used both for both.

Or as Mark Twain once said: "England and America are two countries separated by a common language."
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby kurt_w » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:20 pm

Also "Himalaya" and "apricot". And "greasy" (I say "grea-see", another person here says "grea-zee").
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby Maeve » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:31 pm

Tomato, tomahto
Potato, potahto
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby kurt_w » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:32 pm

Let's call the whole thing off.
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby Detritus » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:49 pm

It figures that my most typo-laden post so far would be on language correctness.
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby green union terrace chair » Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:21 pm

Why can't the English learn to speak?
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby city2countrygal » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:38 pm

I was holding off on adding to this thread until I remembered there was a cool link I wanted to share about British accents. Check it out: click on the map and listen to an accent. It’s fun! http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/index.html

I run into a lot of cool links when I’m checking URLs for work, and this topic reminds me of work quite a bit. I edit work by British writers and Europeans writing in English often. They are by no means precise (you hit the nail on the head BookPolice), and they use many extra unnecessary, unneeded words. I think they just like to sound smart. The two most important things I keep in mind are the author’s voice and the audience the writer is trying to reach.

In the dictionary, the first pronunciation and spelling listed are the preferred versions (note not correct), the others are variants. The little audio icon is super helpful, esp. for foreign words, phrases, and names if they are common enough to be included in the dictionary. It’s solved many a debate between me and my fellow copyeditors.
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby Detritus » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:58 pm

This is a bit old now, but a challenging poem about pronuciation:

https://spelling.wordpress.com/2007/09/05/english-pronunciation/

Best read aloud.
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby city2countrygal » Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:43 pm

I enjoyed the poem, Detritus, and laughed many times!

I think Steven Colbert agrees with me on the Brits.
See this clip with Daniel Craig from last night, at approx 5:10,
he starts in on it, although the whole interview is hilarious! http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/404473/december-15-2011/daniel-craig

I esp. also like the part about magazines being a period piece, although I currently have a huge mag. subscription collection right now through discount deals.
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby Detritus » Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:14 pm

city2countrygal wrote:I enjoyed the poem, Detritus, and laughed many times!

I think Steven Colbert agrees with me on the Brits.
See this clip with Daniel Craig from last night, at approx 5:10,
he starts in on it, although the whole interview is hilarious! http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/404473/december-15-2011/daniel-craig

I esp. also like the part about magazines being a period piece, although I currently have a huge mag. subscription collection right now through discount deals.

"I wash all my sweater-vests by hand"
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby city2countrygal » Fri Dec 16, 2011 7:49 pm

I have to correct myself, Stephen, not Steven. I once had a coworker get really upset over a misspelling of her name.

Detritus wrote:"I wash all my sweater-vests by hand"

I wonder what other lines Colbert had for Craig to say. I wish there was more time and he could have done a few extra!
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby Detritus » Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:57 pm

Another one to read aloud--long been one of my favorites, "Ladle Rat Rotten Hut." The first line:
Wants pawn term dare worsted ladle gull hoe lift wetter murder inner ladle cordage honor itch offer lodge, dock, florist.

The rest of it (part of a longer work called Anguish Languish by Howard Chace) is here:

http://www.justanyone.com/allanguish.html#_Toc505953306

Enjoy!
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby city2countrygal » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:30 pm

Whoa, at first I had an Old English flashback from college. . . .
Now I see it’s satire. Fun!
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Re: Beware the Misles

Postby city2countrygal » Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:22 pm

Although not a huge fan of Reader's Digest, I stumbled on this article today and found it fitting for this thread:

http://www.rd.com/family/24-things-you-might-be-saying-wrong/

I catch these a lot (esp. pp. 3-4), it's a pretty good list. Forons, are you guilty of any?
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