[DWJ] "Orthogonal" (orthogonally to T-shirt slogans)

Ellen Willcox eawil3 at email.wm.edu
Mon Jun 7 21:07:21 EDT 2010

I had a lot of word mishaps when I was little.  My parents are
artists, and we have a lot of foamcore board around; I didn't think it
was any different from Styrofoam, so for awhile, I thought that
"Styrofoam" was a really really strange way of spelling "foamcore."  I
also remember the English class when one of our spelling words was
"facade," and I was the only one who knew what it was - but, of
course, pronounced it "fake-aid."

I also read enough British books as a child that I used to write
things with the British spellings.  As I'm American, this was "wrong."
 "Gray," not "grey," "plow," not "plough," and fewer double Ls - no
"counsellor" or "traveller."  (My spell check is correcting me even
now!)  I still do this sometimes.  (Arguably, I'm right, and the rest
of America is wrong.  After all, who should get to decide how English
is spelled but the English?)

- Nic

On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 8:45 PM, Helen Schinske <hschinske at aol.com> wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Eleanor Joslin"
> <eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk>
> To: "Diana Wynne Jones discussion" <dwj at suberic.net>
> Sent: Monday, June 07, 2010 4:55 PM
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] "Orthogonal" (orthogonally to T-shirt slogans)
>> On 7 Jun 2010, at 20:36, Otter Perry wrote:
>>> Everybody who reads a lot has words they mispronounce until
>>> they hear them spoken by someone else. I think it was Terry
>>> Pratchett who thought the word for those nasty monsters
>>> was pronounced "o-grees".
>> Yes.  One of mine was "wholly".  I felt such a wally when I found out.
> I felt completly misle-d (pronounced my-zulled, to rhyme with "dry
> hulled")over the pronunciation of "misled." And I think it was just a few
> years ago that I found out that "merino" is pronounced muh-REE-no and not
> MARE-ih-no. One more: I thought "syncope" was pronounced "sin cope," but
> it's actually "sin-co-pee."
> One of my fifteen-year-old daughters, trying to sound sophisticated, made
> casual reference to a gin and tonic a few months ago -- pronouncing "gin" as
> in the last syllable of "begin"! Apparently all those Thin Man movies she's
> seen (which I refer to as the Gin Man movies because the characters drink so
> much) hadn't quite sunk in.
> Helen Schinske
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