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by Mega85
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 289
Views: 18422

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: 319

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: 319

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 10
Views: 329

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 10
Views: 558

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 840

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: 733

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 289
Views: 18422

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 529
Views: 148586

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: 529
Views: 148586

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/.

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