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by Mega85
Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 325

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: 374

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: 240
Views: 13929

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: 240
Views: 13929

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: 521
Views: 145976

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: 521
Views: 145976

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: 240
Views: 13929

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: 521
Views: 145976

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: 521
Views: 145976

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: 240
Views: 13929

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: 240
Views: 13929

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: 240
Views: 13929

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: 521
Views: 145976

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: 240
Views: 13929

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: 521
Views: 145976

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...
by Mega85
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

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/.
by Mega85
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13929

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

You'd have to show me a plural-looking singular that truncates without the "s" to convince me that the same applies to "mathematics". "economics" to "econ"? Ah, I hadn't heard of that one. I guess a place that uses "econ" would similarly have no pro...
by Mega85
Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you say "infrared"? I pronounce it as "infared".

How do you pronounce "crayon"? I pronounce it as "cray on", but I've heard people pronounce it like "cran".
by Mega85
Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13929

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

How would you syllabify RP "marry"? Something I've read said that it can be syllabified as either [mæ.ɹi] or [mæɹ.i] considering that neither [mæ] nor [mæɹ] are permitted as monosyllabic words in RP.
by Mega85
Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/February Dissimilation may occur when a word contains two identical or closely related sounds, resulting in the change or loss of one of them. This happens regularly in February, which is more often pronounced \ˈfe-b(y)ə-ˌwer-ē\ than \ˈfe-brə-ˌwer-ē\, thoug...
by Mega85
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

flicky1991 wrote:I don't think I've ever heard anyone pronounce the first "r".


Yeah, me neither. It seems quite unnatural to me to pronounce the first "r".
by Mega85
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "February"? I pronounce it like "Febuary". I don't pronounce the first "r". In this correct pronunciation guide http://fanetik.tripod.com/corrpron.html not pronouncing the first "r" is listed as "illiterate".
by Mega85
Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13929

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

None of those other things look like they're plurals, though - and when pluralised, you put an "s" on the abbreviation (i.e. "bikes", "gyms"). You'd have to show me a plural-looking singular that truncates without the "s" to convince me that the same applies ...
by Mega85
Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13929

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

It seems to me like "mathematics" naturally truncates to "math". "math(ematics)" - "math" "bic(ycle)" - "bike" "gym(nasium)" - "gym" "ed(ucation)" - "ed" "gas(oline)" - "gas" "...
by Mega85
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13929

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

According to merriam-webster dictionary the American "math" is older than the British "maths". https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/math (1847) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maths (1911) Did the British originally use "math" then thought it was more l...
by Mega85
Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

For me, when stressed, he'll = hill, we'll = will (but heel and wheel are also both possible; I'm not sure when exactly I'd use either); unstressed, I think he'll is still hill, but we'll is /wl̩/. Also while = wall, I'll = all, they'll = /ðɛl/, you'll = /jl̩/, but unreduced forms of these are also...
by Mega85
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I've heard the occasional person use a /w/ in "sword", which I think is a spelling pronunciation rather than a retention – though I could be wrong. Is there any explanation as to why the "w" in "sword" was historically dropped? It's pronounced in "sworn", so ...
by Mega85
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "quart" and "quarter"? with a consonant cluster /kw/ or a single consonant /k/? I pronounce them with /k/. /kɔɹt/ and /kɔɹtɚ/. /kɔɹt/ for both. My manager pronounces it /kwɑ:tɚ/, and it kind of annoys me. I'm not sure I've heard that pronunciation anywhere e...
by Mega85
Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

My "want" vowel is the same as "punt" and "hunt", so /ʌ/. "Won't" is the same as the vowel in "own" and "phone", so /oʊ/. I pronounce "won't" the same way, with /oʊ/. "wont" is a different word from the contraction &quo...
by Mega85
Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "quart" and "quarter"? with a consonant cluster /kw/ or a single consonant /k/? I pronounce them with /k/. /kɔɹt/ and /kɔɹtɚ/.
by Mega85
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13929

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Do you use "there's" for "there are"? I use it interchangeably with "there're".
by Mega85
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Yeah, my "want" vowel varies from "wand" to "font" depending on context. I use the same vowel in "wand" and "font", /ɑ/. my "want" rhymes with "punt" and "hunt" rather than "font" or "taunt". the rar...
by Mega85
Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Do you mean that you think /wʌnt/ is a minority in the US for "want"? I don't think that's right, it seems to be by far the majority to me. Yes. For an unscientific example, of the seven Americans who've given pronunciations of "want" on Forvo , it sounds to me like only two (&q...
by Mega85
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

You know, on the one hand, it's good that the offending comment is at least followed by a "clarification needed". On the other, it's also followed by four citations - all of them to dictionary entries for the word "want", not all of which even include pronunciation. It looks lik...
by Mega85
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 13929

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

how did the words "lose", "to", "two", "do" and "who/whom/whose" get an /u:/ sound when they're spelled with "o"?
by Mega85
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDc2xFjVerI

Anyone have any idea what vowel is being used in "on" in this song? It sounds like a pretty extreme vowel to me.

"party in the city where the heat is on. All night, on the beach till the break of dawn."
by Mega85
Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Someone on Wikipedia from central New Jersey says they distinguish between the vowels "father" and "bother". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:New_York_City_English#Backed_a.C9.AA Father is pronounced as [fɒðɝ], and bother is pronounced as [bäðɝ] This is interesting as it seems ...
by Mega85
Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

chridd wrote:Citizen has /z/ (I mean, it's spelled with <z>, why would it have anything else?


That's like saying "pretty has /ɛ/ it's spelled with <e>, why would it have anything else?" Spelling doesn't always match pronunciation.
by Mega85
Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 521
Views: 145976

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

The strut vowel, rather than the lot or thought vowel, is used in the function words was, of, from, what, everybody, nobody, somebody, anybody, and, for some speakers, because and want, when stressed. This is directly due to influence of the Irish language. from the Wikipedia article on American En...
by Mega85
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Antimoon
Replies: 2
Views: 624

Re: Antimoon

It looks like until 2005, Antimoon was archived every year, then that quit being done. So after 2005 there's just one big archive of four years

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