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by Mega85
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26071

"In some dialects of American English, \th\ is regularly replaced by \f\."

it says in the merriam-webster pronunciation guide.

In some dialects
of American English, \th\ is regularly replaced by \f\.


http://assets2.merriam-webster.com/mw/s ... iation.pdf

which dialects? i thought this was more of a british english thing.
by Mega85
Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: do you think all railroad crossings should be replaced with overpasses?
Replies: 15
Views: 2762

Re: do you think all railroad crossings should be replaced with overpasses?

yeah, it would be extremely difficult to replace all railroad crossings. there's so many of them. if a railroad crossing blocks the only entrance to a neighborhood, i think it should be replaced with an overpass.
by Mega85
Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: do you think all railroad crossings should be replaced with overpasses?
Replies: 15
Views: 2762

do you think all railroad crossings should be replaced with overpasses?

do you think all railroad crossings should be replaced with overpasses? i do. there are times when emergency vehicles take longer to get to people because they have to wait for a train.
by Mega85
Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156848

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

anyone here pronounce "want" as "wunt"? i do. before vowels, the "t" in "want" drops, so "want a" and "won a", as well as "want it" and "won it" sound the same.
by Mega85
Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 102302

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

is "trypophobia" a word? i've seen in used online for the fear of holes. however no dictionaries recognize it.
by Mega85
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156848

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

why is the word "tomorrow" frequently misspelled as "tomarrow"? shouldn't such a word spelled that way rhyme with "narrow"? note the difference between "morrow" and "marrow", "borrow" and "wheelbarrow".
by Mega85
Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156848

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Eebster the Great wrote:
Mega85 wrote:how do you pronounce "twenty"? i pronounce it as [tʰwʌn(tʰ)i]. it doesn't rhyme with "plenty" [plɪn(tʰ)i] for me.

Plenty is a homophone for Pliny (Gaius Plinius)?


yes it is for me usually, unless i'm emphasizing the word and pronouncing the "t".
by Mega85
Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156848

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

how do you pronounce "twenty"? i pronounce it as [tʰwʌn(tʰ)i]. it doesn't rhyme with "plenty" [plɪn(tʰ)i] for me.
by Mega85
Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156848

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

do you distinguish the following pairs of words:

fill/feel

fell/fail

full/fool

for me, those three pairs are all distinct.
by Mega85
Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156848

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I have [ˈkʰʌlɚ], [ˈdʌlɚ], [ˈdɒːlɚ]. I think for Mega and chridd, what might be happening is that historic /ʌ/ undergoes significant allophony before /l/ in the same syllable, as in "dull", extending to inflected forms like "duller" – but in "color" this doesn't take pl...
by Mega85
Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156848

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

do you rhyme "duller" and "color"? for me, they don't rhyme. "color" has a vowel like in "cut" for me, and "duller" has a different vowel approaching [o].
by Mega85
Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?
Replies: 7
Views: 1998

Re: are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?

is spelling eventually going to get so difficult that there will be few people that aren't bad at it, and therefore a spelling reform will be necessary?
by Mega85
Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?
Replies: 7
Views: 1998

are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?

is spelling becoming more difficult as more and more phonemic mergers take place?
by Mega85
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156848

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

"pahk the cah in hahvahd yahd". it should actually be "pahk the car in hahvahd yahd" the "car" comes before a word the starts with a vowel, and therefore there is an /r/. rhotic speakers who try to put on a nonrhotic accent tend to delete /r/s between vowels, whereas no...
by Mega85
Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 573
Views: 156848

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3taEuL4EHAg

NCVS in this Kesha song. The words "glove box", "got", "blah blah blah", "stop" etc. with a central [a] rather than the General American [A] I've noticed.

"stop ta ta talking that blah blah blah"
by Mega85
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Target stores adding a third bathroom for transgender people to use.
Replies: 14
Views: 2765

Target stores adding a third bathroom for transgender people to use.

Target's talking about adding small unisex bathrooms in its stores that don't already have one for transgender people to use. Small one person unisex bathrooms are more dangerous. Someone can push someone in there and attack them, and because it's a one person bathroom, no one will come in, see it, ...
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: 102302

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: 102302

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: 5170

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: 102302

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: 102302

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: 376
Views: 26071

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: 573
Views: 156848

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: 102302

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: 573
Views: 156848

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: 5170

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: 1924
Views: 334358

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: 5170

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: 5170

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: 376
Views: 26071

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: 376
Views: 26071

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: 102302

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: 573
Views: 156848

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: 573
Views: 156848

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: 573
Views: 156848

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: 573
Views: 156848

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: 102302

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: 102302

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: 573
Views: 156848

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: 573
Views: 156848

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].

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