[DWJ] "Orthogonal" (orthogonally to T-shirt slogans)
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?)
On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 8:45 PM, Helen Schinske <hschinske at aol.com> wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Eleanor Joslin"
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>> 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.
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