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by Mega85
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Pronouncing "orangutan" with an "ng" on the end changes how the "a" sounds from how it would sound if I pronounce it with /n/.

"orangutan" = [əɹeɪŋəteɪŋ] whereas if I pronounced it with /n/ at the end it would be [əɹeɪŋətɛən].
by Mega85
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I remember back in the day seeing the word written "orangutan" on the board at school by my teacher and I thought surely she spelled that wrong, because that's not how it sounds.
by Mega85
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "orangutan"? I pronounce it as though it were spelled "orangutang".
by Mega85
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

The words "soar" and "saw" sound very different in my speech. Sure, but I wasn't talking about your speech. What I am saying is "soar" in my speech is not like "saw" plus an /r/ sound, the way that "late" is like "lay" plus a /t/ sound. Th...
by Mega85
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

gmalivuk wrote:It still results in lots of homophones that aren't homophonous in American English, like "soar"/"saw".


The words "soar" and "saw" sound very different in my speech. "soar" is not "saw" with an /r/ at the end for me. The vowel is different.
by Mega85
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

"disc" vs. "disk". For me, they're different things. On an old fashioned computer, discs and disks go in different parts of the computer. Computers eventually no longer used disks, and plenty of modern computers don't even use discs anymore.
by Mega85
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 104483

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

Is "nibling" a word? Wiktionary has an entry for such https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nibling as being a word referring to a niece or nephew. However I've never heard of it until recently. It seems to be rare. If I heard someone use the word "nibling" I'd probably think they were ...
by Mega85
Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I heard someone today talking about "wear and tear" and he kept saying it like /hwɛɚ n tɛɚ/.
by Mega85
Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Are "one" and "uno" synonyms? "meat" and "carne"? Are "nein" and "yes" antonyms? Are "see" and "si" (Spanish for "yes") homonyms?
by Mega85
Sat Jun 10, 2017 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Would you say these mean different things? "I cannot win" and "I can not win"? I'd say they do.

"I cannot win" (it's impossible for me to win)

"I can not win" (it's possible for me not to win)
by Mega85
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Does anyone pronounce the word "dude" as /djuːd/? I've heard older Southerners pronounce a /j/ in words like "due" and "dune", however the ones I've heard who do such don't use a /j/ in the word "dude".
by Mega85
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Does the term "soft drink" for a drink like a Coke, a Pepsi, a Sprite or a Mountain Dew sound kind of formal to you? It does to me. In Australia, apparently it is however an ordinary everyday term.
by Mega85
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

The schwa for me is nearly identical phonetically to the STRUT vowel and I don't really perceive a difference between the two sounds. The schwa is an unstressed STRUT vowel to me.
by Mega85
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "envelope"? I usually pronounce it /ɪnvəloʊp/, but occasionally will pronounce it /ɑnvəloʊp/.
by Mega85
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why do kids in school dread math?
Replies: 40
Views: 3504

Why do kids in school dread math?

For most kids in school math is their most dreaded subject. Why is this? Is there something about our brains that makes math dreadful?
by Mega85
Wed May 31, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do say "idea"? I pronounce it with two syllable, with the second syllable sounding like a nonrhotic pronunciation of "dear".
by Mega85
Wed May 31, 2017 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

"pee can" is a can to pee in.

"puh cahn" is a type of pie.
by Mega85
Sat May 27, 2017 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why is onomatopoeia different in different languages? While English speakers say that ducks go "quack", German speakers say that frogs go "quak". Strange. Why the disagreement of what animals sound like?
by Mega85
Mon May 22, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why are humans referred to as "human beings"? Dogs aren't called "dog beings", cats aren't called "cat beings", sharks aren't called "shark beings" etc.
by Mega85
Wed May 17, 2017 12:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: TVs in public places.
Replies: 15
Views: 1459

TVs in public places.

It seems like more and more public places are getting TVs these days. I have heard of gas stations that have TVs at the gas pumps. TVs are popping up everywhere. Waiting rooms, restaurants, stores, malls, hair salons, gas pumps, elevators, and even public restrooms.
by Mega85
Wed May 17, 2017 12:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Analog clocks
Replies: 4
Views: 623

Analog clocks

They seem to be going obsolete. Fewer and fewer places have one nowadays. And schools are starting to no longer teach kids how to read them. As a consequence, kids grow up not being able to read an analog clock.
by Mega85
Tue May 09, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

The word "sibling" is a word that was relatively recently revived from Old English. In Old English, the word meant a relative. Before it was revived, there was no gender neutral word meaning a brother or a sister. An older brother or sister can be referred to as a big brother or big sister...
by Mega85
Tue May 09, 2017 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

In traditional or conservative RP "caught" and "court" are not homonyms, as conservative RP lacks the horse-hoarse merger. In traditional RP: "horse" = /hɔːs/ "hoarse = /hoəs/ "caught" = /kɔːt/ "court" = /coət/ Modern RP has the horse-hoarse mer...
by Mega85
Mon May 08, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Words like "parent," "child," "sibling," and "spouse" all seem to have roughly this same property to me. That's what makes the phrases "aunts and uncles" and "nieces and nephews" somewhat awkward, but particularly when you need the singula...
by Mega85
Sun May 07, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

For me, that'd be the most likely case - it's unspecified because it's unknown. If I knew of a person's brother and sister and was referring to them, I'd say "brother and sister", not "siblings". And like Angua, if I have a mixed-gender set of siblings and was stating the fact o...
by Mega85
Sun May 07, 2017 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Something someone said on a another forum. It's probably just me, but "sibling" is a word I never became friends with. Not only don't I use it, but I've never heard anyone else use it in normal conversation. If someone said, "My mother's siblings are coming to visit" I wouldn't h...
by Mega85
Sat May 06, 2017 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "hurricane"? I pronounce it "hur i cane", but I've heard some people say it like "hurrikin".
by Mega85
Sat May 06, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Does anyone pronounce the "l" in "walk" and "talk"? I've heard Southerners say /wɑlk/ and /tɑlk/.
by Mega85
Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Dictionaries recognize "aviophobia" as being a valid word. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/aviophobia?s=t https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/aviophobia Dictionary.com says that perhaps "aviophobia" comes from "aviation", rather than the French "avion". p...
by Mega85
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Something that someone said on the talk page of Wikipedia's fear of flying article. I manually moved the stuff over from aviophobia to here because fear of flying already had a history. I pointed out that aviophobia is 1)not plain English, 2)two syllables longer than fear of flying, 3)a terribly con...
by Mega85
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Would you use 1900s to refer to the period from 1900 to 1999? While 1800s for me, refers to the period from 1800 to 1899, 1900s for me refers to the decade from 1900 to 1909, not the whole century.
by Mega85
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you think they should do away with pennies?
Replies: 11
Views: 1076

Re: Do you think they should do away with pennies?

You can't buy anything with a penny, nickel or dime these days. You can still buy candy out of machines with a quarter.
by Mega85
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you think they should do away with pennies?
Replies: 11
Views: 1076

Do you think they should do away with pennies?

With inflation the penny is just continuing to get more and more worthless as time goes on.
by Mega85
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I've heard that are people in New England that pronounce "got" as "gut". What about words like "gotta", "gotten", "forgot", "forgotten", "begot" and "begotten"? Do they have the "gut" pronunciation in these wor...
by Mega85
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 34
Views: 2456

Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

While humans are scientifically classified as animals, we frequently see ourselves as being something different from the animals. Why is this?
by Mega85
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Was the word "sweetheart" originally "sweetard"?

gmalivuk wrote:
Or is that a myth?
Is it? I've never heard it suggested before.



Yep, it's a common belief.

https://www.google.com/#q=%22sweetard%2 ... etheart%22

There are books that will tell you that "sweetheart" comes from a reanalysis of "sweetard".
by Mega85
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Was the word "sweetheart" originally "sweetard"?

Was the word "sweetheart" originally "sweetard"? Or is that a myth?
by Mega85
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 599
Views: 160795

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "get"? I pronounce it to rhyme with "hit". I also pronounced "forget" as "forgit".
by Mega85
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 2043

Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?

Surely that would be an improvement for speed.
by Mega85
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 28604

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Speaking of rail, would you say "railroad crossing", "level crossing", "grade crossing" or something else?

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