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by Mega85
Wed May 31, 2017 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156926

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: 573
Views: 156926

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: 26162

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: 26162

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: 1173

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: 421

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: 26162

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: 573
Views: 156926

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: 26162

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: 26162

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: 26162

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: 573
Views: 156926

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: 573
Views: 156926

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: 26162

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: 26162

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: 26162

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: 859

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: 859

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: 573
Views: 156926

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: 1962

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: 26162

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: 26162

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: 573
Views: 156926

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: 1673

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: 26162

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Speaking of rail, would you say "railroad crossing", "level crossing", "grade crossing" or something else?
by Mega85
Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 1405

Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

According to this website, it might be possible, by blasting off layers and leaving the rocky cores, turning them into rocky planets like the Earth, instead of the gas planets that they are now.

http://terraforming.wikia.com/wiki/Uranus

http://terraforming.wikia.com/wiki/Neptune
by Mega85
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 1248

Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

If the future already exists, does that allow for free will? Presentism, where only the present exists, not the past or the future, and growing block universe where the past and present exist, but not the future certainly allow free will, but what about eternalism, where the past, present and future...
by Mega85
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26162

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

The terms "piece of trash", "piece of garbage", "piece of junk", "piece of crap" and the profane "piece of shit" when used nonliterally refer to a object that is considered bad or worthless. You may say "trailer trash", but you wouldn't say...
by Mega85
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26162

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Is there a difference between "trash" and "garbage" to you? For me, they're synonyms. I've read that historically there was a difference. Garbage referring to food waste.
by Mega85
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156926

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I think English speakers are generally not great at distinguishing between certain voiced, unaspirated constants and unvoiced, unaspirated constants, like b and p, t and d, or k and g. Consider the fast food restaurant Sbarro's. How do you say it? Or Tao? For Sbarro, I've heard both "suh barro...
by Mega85
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156926

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Do you pronounce "absent" as "apsent"? I do. Dictionaries say "ab sent", but I say it as "ap sent".
by Mega85
Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26162

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Do you see "every day" written as "everyday"? I see it often. "They do it everyday".
by Mega85
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156926

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Caught–court merger In Wells' terminology, this consists of the merger of the lexical sets THOUGHT and FORCE. It is found in those non-rhotic accents containing the pawn–porn merger that have also undergone the horse–hoarse merger. These include the accents of Southern England, Wales, non-rhotic Ne...
by Mega85
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156926

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Does anyone insert an "l" sound in "both" or "only"? I don't, but I've heard people say "bolth" and "olnly".
by Mega85
Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26162

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Yeah, Britons pronounce /j/ after /d/, /n/ and /t/ in "due", "new" and "tune", but I didn't think they pronounced /j/ after /l/ as in "lute" or "lieu". Maybe it varies whether they do or not. FTFY? On the previous point, never heard /skju:ba/ (from ...
by Mega85
Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26162

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Um, according to my favorite dictionary, "SCUBA", "tuba", and "lieu" are all /ju/ in Britain and /u/ in the U.S. I thought the puzzle was what "SCUBA" is doing in this category when U.S. English doesn't usually yod-drop after /k/ the way it does after /t/ or ...
by Mega85
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26162

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Not quite pointed out (Eebster touches on it), but the "ew" in "skew" is a factor in the /ju:/ (the pronunciation of "skewiff" can be either /skju:.ɪf/ or /sku:.wɪf/, give or take some other phonetic features). I think, though, that the A in SCUBA works double-duty as ...
by Mega85
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156926

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Do you pronounce "herbivore" with an initial /h/? I do, even though I don't use a /h/ in "herb".
by Mega85
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26162

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why do we say "scuba" as /skubə/ "skooba" and not /skjubə/ "skyooba"? We say "Cuba" as /kjubə/.
by Mega85
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156926

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Do you pronounce "bazaar" and "bizarre" the same way? I do. /bəzɑɹ/. Dictionaries say that "bizarre" is /bɪzɑɹ/. That's the weak vowel merger. Typically, American English merges most (though not all) cases of unstressed [ɪ] into [ǝ], whereas British English tends to ke...

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