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by Mega85
Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

"dig" is a verb that became irregular. "digged" was the original past tense. Then later people started using "dug" which eventually became standard and the original "digged" is now obsolete.
by Mega85
Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

What about the plural of "roof"? It's typically spelled "roofs", even when it's pronounced with /vz/. "rooves" is uncommon.
by Mega85
Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: BCE and CE.
Replies: 47
Views: 8315

Re: BCE and CE.

Why do people think AD stands for "after death"? Don't they forget about those years that Jesus was alive before his death?
by Mega85
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

Interestingly, I find that in writing, I am about equally likely to use "dreamt" or "dreamed", but in speech, I always naturally say "dreamt". That doesn't surprise me – some forms that are preferred in Britain, like the "-t" forms of verbs, strike us America...
by Mega85
Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

This isn't so much "should bring back" and more "should stick to". The past form of dream should be "dreamt", not "dreamed". The plural of dwarf should be "dwarves", not "dwarfs". Interestingly, the only country where they're equally popul...
by Mega85
Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84429

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Do you ever use a verb "vacuum clean"? I've seen it in some dictionaries. While I use "vacuum cleaner" and "vacuum" interchangeably for the appliance, I would only ever use "vacuum" as a verb, never "vacuum clean".
by Mega85
Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Derek wrote:I think that's the first time I've heard of a merry-Murray merger.


Such can occur in the English of Philadelphia. They make a distinction between "Mary", "marry" and "merry", however they merge "merry" with "Murray".
by Mega85
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

Watch out for irregular verbs which have crope into English.


http://alt-usage-english.org/humorousrules.html
by Mega85
Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How is the word "America" typically pronounced by those who distinguish "Mary" and "merry"? In Fanetik, a spelling reform proposal, the reformer uses spellings representing the distinction, "Mary" becomes "Mairee", and "merry" becomes "...
by Mega85
Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: BCE and CE.
Replies: 47
Views: 8315

Re: BCE and CE.

Maybe we should adopt the astronomical year numbering. That includes a year zero and requires no abbreviations. When do we celebrate the new millenium in that system? I'm in favour of that system if it's 2000 AY. Astronomical year numbering: 1st millennium from 0 to 99 2nd millennium from 1000 to 1...
by Mega85
Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1955
Views: 418572

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Maybe this has been around for a while, but I seem to have run into it a lot more just this year than I have previously: phrases like "This needs fixed" that lack "to be" before the past-tense transitive verb. I want to apply a lot of fixed to this usage so that it will have fix...
by Mega85
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: BCE and CE.
Replies: 47
Views: 8315

Re: BCE and CE.

Maybe we should adopt the astronomical year numbering. That includes a year zero and requires no abbreviations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomi ... _numbering
by Mega85
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: BCE and CE.
Replies: 47
Views: 8315

BCE and CE.

What's with those abbreviations? The calendar is Christian based, and using those abbreviations won't change that fact. If you don't want to use BC and AD you should use a different calendar.
by Mega85
Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84429

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Would you say "in future" or "in the future"? I always say "in the future". I've seen "in future" used online.
by Mega85
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84429

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBwazQPbxWs

In the Jay Sean song "2012 (It ain't the End)" 2012 is pronounced "two thousand and twelve".

"We're gonna party like it's the end of the world. We're gonna party like, like it's 2012 (two thousand and twelve)"
by Mega85
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

Why do people call their motorcycle a bike? Shouldn't they call it a moke?
by Mega85
Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I say "pajamas" with /ɑː/. The diminutive form "jammies" however has /æ/ for me.
by Mega85
Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce the "jam" in "pajamas", with the "ah" sound or like the word "jam"? I pronounce it with the "ah" sound.
by Mega85
Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Come to think of it, I pronounce "high school" with the same raised vowel as in "highchair," which I would consider one word, and many if not most people around me seem to do the same. I wonder if we are moving towards a "highschool" compound noun. What about in the na...
by Mega85
Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce the years 1901-1909? I pronounce "1901", "1902" as "nineteen oh one", "nineteen oh two" etc. I've heard some say "nineteen one", "nineteen two" etc. without the "oh".
by Mega85
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/wanna?s=t

Dictionary.com actually includes "want a" as a definition for "wanna".
by Mega85
Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

I commonly see "wanna" used for "want a". I've seen a sign at a restaurant in a food court that said "wanna side?" Just why does "want a" get written as "wanna"? It would be pronounced the same spelled "want a", unlike with "want to&qu...
by Mega85
Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Eebster the Great wrote:It's the same vowel sound I use in "to" or "poop."

The pee is definitely aspirated though.


Huh?
by Mega85
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Eebster the Great wrote:[ævənu] or [ævɪnu]. How about "coupon"? My father pronounces it [kjupɒn], which always annoys me. I say it [kupɒn].


I say "coupon" as [kupɑn].
by Mega85
Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "avenue"? I pronounce it [ævənu]. I've heard some say [ævənju].
by Mega85
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?
Replies: 31
Views: 8594

Re: American /Q/. Is it less rounded than British /Q/?

Lazar, just curious, do you have a different vowel for the "a's" in "library" and "librarian"? Dictionary.com gives "library" with the "merry" vowel and "librarian" with the "Mary" vowel. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/library?s...
by Mega85
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

Another verb I've seen becoming irregular for some is "drag". I've heard people say "drug" for the past tense of "drag".
by Mega85
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

Do you mean "boughten"? I've occasionally heard people say "boughten" for the past participle of "buy". I've never heard "broughten" before. Both. He was this guy I knew from a language forum – he was from Wisconsin, and had a lot of interesting features in h...
by Mega85
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

The Grammarist claims "boughten" is an archaic form of the passive past participle of "buy," so it wouldn't really qualify as a regular verb being made irregular. Oh. So the people who use "boughten" are actually preserving an historical form that's been lost for most ...
by Mega85
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Lazar wrote:"costume" [ˈkʰɒːstʊum]


"high school" (i.e. secondary school): [ˈhɐɪˌskuʊɫ]
"high school" (i.e. "school which is high"): [ˈhaɪˌskuʊɫ]



Which is it for you? [ʊu] or [uʊ]? Or does [uʊ] occur as a pre-/l/ allophone?
by Mega85
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 140263

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

English is already trending towards regularizing all verbs. It's just a very, very slow trend. I don't think so. Recent centuries have seen a number of regular verbs being made irregular, notably "dive", "hang", "sneak" and "plead". I even know a guy who uses...
by Mega85
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Similar to the "exchange" thing above, how do you pronounce "costume"? I pronounce it [kʰɑˈstʃum]. I've heard some people say [kʰɑˈstum]
by Mega85
Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

"exchange" for me is [ɪkˈstʃeɪndʒ]. No aspiration of the "ch". Do you pronounce "ice cream" and "I scream" the same? For me there different. Ice cream [ˈaɪskʰriːm] I scream [aɪˈskriːm] "ice cream" has aspiration whereas "I scream" doesn't. ...
by Mega85
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84429

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

Now a lot of sources will tell you that Northeasterners like me have special "extra" phonemes in words like "mare/Mary" and "near/nearer", which are lacked by those in the rest of the country – but I think this is a backwards way of analyzing things. When I hear people...
by Mega85
Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

For me, "real" and "rill" would be homophones, but "reel" is distinct. For people who pronounce them the same, is it the 'r', the 'l', or both that makes them homophonic? Are "dill" and "deal" homophones? "Hill" and "heel"? "...
by Mega85
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84429

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

How do you pronounce the year 2016? "twenty sixteen" or "two thousand sixteen"? I hear both.
by Mega85
Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237630

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Do you pronounce "real" and "reel" the same? For me, they are both /ril/. I've heard that "real" is traditionally pronounced with two syllables. Does anyone pronounce the "l" in "talk" and "walk"? I've heard some Southerners say "tahlk...
by Mega85
Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84429

Syllabic l and n.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/ribbon?s=t http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribbon http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kitten http://www.dictionary.com/browse/kitten?s=t http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/little http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bubble Merriam-Webster ...
by Mega85
Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84429

Re: "par", "pair", "peer", "pour" and "tour".

By "pour", did you mean write "poor"? I've never heard of "pour" being pronounced [pʰʊə̆ɹ]. Well, I meant what I wrote, but it's probably a hypercorrection. Neither [ʊə̆ɹ] nor [ɛn] occur in my casual speech--[ʊə̆ɹ] goes to [əɹ] before /j/ and to [ɔɹ] in other contexts,...
by Mega85
Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84429

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Grownup or grown-up? Which is the correct spelling from the noun and adjective?

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