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by makkel
Wed May 12, 2010 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Scone" Pronunciation (Enhanced)
Replies: 50
Views: 10712

Re: "Scone" Pronunciation

Could be that the original pronunciation degenerated due to being seen more often in print than heard. Yeah, we Yanks simply started to pronounce the word like it's spelled, crazy us. :-P (stone throne cone lone bone zone scone) Aye. That'll be why you pronounce done, money, honey, gone etc the sam...
by makkel
Sun May 02, 2010 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: STEM fields vs. Humanites
Replies: 35
Views: 4869

Re: STEM fields vs. Humanites

Surely the idea that "STEM" subjects have more difficult concepts is flawed. The theories may be complicated but the whole point is being able to reduce them to manageable mathematical chunks. That's why maths is such a fantastic tool. The nearest equivalent in "the humanities" i...
by makkel
Sun May 02, 2010 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cubic Zirconia vs Diamonds
Replies: 49
Views: 5654

Re: Cubic Zirconia vs Diamonds

Aye i imagine the story concerned the same place, Helmsdale (sounds very LOTR).It's a reasonably well known place for gold panning. Very interesting geology around there, my geophysicist missus tells me. It was one of the (very) few place in the HIghlands you could mine coal as well i believe. Boadl...
by makkel
Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1018
Views: 281908

Re: Recommend one artist

I'll go for a certain wee canadian band that have recently reformed after an off-shoot completed their tour.
You know who i mean. First of their tunes i ever heard. I thought (think) it was (is) hilariously good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS2BrxcWWZA
by makkel
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cubic Zirconia vs Diamonds
Replies: 49
Views: 5654

Re: Cubic Zirconia vs Diamonds

I have a friend who panned the gold for his wedding ring in a burn up in the hills behind the village they lived in. As Scotland is not famed for its gold deposits, it took him six years to get enough. However she was very pleased, and it was (time excluded) both free and the real thing. I think the...
by makkel
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Scone" Pronunciation (Enhanced)
Replies: 50
Views: 10712

Re: "Scone" Pronunciation

aye i imagine that's true. i was also thinking, on the diphthong subject, i don't know if this applies so much in england but there's a bit of regional variation, some of the thicker scottish accents (Glasgow, Lanark, Fife etc) would tend to slip in an extra /i/ sound in the middle of the word. Migh...
by makkel
Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Supper or Dinner?
Replies: 55
Views: 8793

Re: Supper or Dinner?

I'm a pleb, so "tea" or sometimes "dinner". "Supper" is a small post-evening-meal thnig you have before bed. Ali's posh, so "supper" or sometimes "dinner". "Tea" for her is mid-afternoon, a sort of post-lunch version of brunch. Michael's a...
by makkel
Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Scone" Pronunciation (Enhanced)
Replies: 50
Views: 10712

Re: "Scone" Pronunciation

Scone John. That's definitely a stereotype. One of my gran's friends is a knight (so pretty posh) and used to bank for the Queen. He says scone John. Aye it was a bit of a joke, although it could be said that you don't have to be posh to be a knight. However, your point stands; flippant use of a st...
by makkel
Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Scone" Pronunciation (Enhanced)
Replies: 50
Views: 10712

Re: "Scone" Pronunciation

Being from the highlands (portmahomack to be exact) i can say without a doubt that the delicious foodstuff rhymes with 'john', unless you're a posh in which case it's a sort of 'skaeown' sound, almost a diphthong. The place, on the other hand (of stone of destiny fame), tends to be pronounced as 'sc...

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