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Last post Author Topic: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling  (Read 12349 times)

mrainey

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #25 on: January 03, 2010, 05:21:54 PM »
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also when it starts with e but sounds like y
a ewe

ewe, yew, you = huh?
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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #26 on: January 03, 2010, 05:32:33 PM »
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ewe
Pronunciation:     'yü, in rural dials also 'yō
Function:           noun
Etymology:          Middle English, from Old English ēowu; akin to Old High German ouwi ewe, Latin ovis sheep, Greek ois
Date:               before 12th century

: the female of the sheep especially when mature also : the female of various related animals

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also when it starts with e but sounds like y
a ewe

ewe, yew, you = huh?
- yes, almost exactly! Kind of a short "you" where the last "u" is just a tiny different.

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2010, 05:43:49 PM »
Perhaps we should add pronunciation errors, too. I'm ready for this century to be "20_._" as in "Twenty-ten," not Two-thousand ten. Yet the idiots on my TeeVee keep saying the latter. I don't remember them saying "Nineteen hundred seventy-five"!

You have something to do with this site Zaine? http://www.twentynot2000.com/ :D :D :D

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2010, 01:34:22 AM »
But a few days ago were you saying "Twenty-nine"? Or "Twenty-Oh-Nine"?

Years ago I looked up what they called the first decade of the 1900s. Most used the term "aught," as in 19-aught-7, or "Back in 'aught-04' we ate dirt and were glad to have it!" I've since said 20-aught-1,2,3,... 9 to the quirky faces of my friends. You might also ask, will the same "TeeVee" people say "Twenty-one hundred fourteen" in the next century!
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I vowed to say "Two-kay" (2K) early on in 2000, but never followed through much.
Everybody I know says "Two thousand" before the numerator.
Funny thing, most of those folks say "Twenty-twelve" when they discuss the so-called 'End of the world predicted by the Aztecs'.  :-\

Either way, I'm such a die-hard optimist that I hope I'm wrong about my pessimism for 2K10...  :P

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2010, 02:13:35 AM »
When will people learn to pronounce Escape correctly!

It's not exscape..... >:(

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2010, 11:01:40 AM »
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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #31 on: January 11, 2010, 12:06:19 AM »
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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #32 on: January 16, 2010, 10:54:23 PM »
There is one particular grammar mistake that really irks me: a/an usage.

People that misuse them tend to fall into 2 groups:

Native English speakers that tend to overuse "a".

  • Examples: a apple, a egg, a ice cream cone, a octopus, a umbrella

Non-native English speakers that tend to overuse "an".

  • Examples: an ball, an computer, an shirt.

The native English speakers bother me more than the non-native ones, since this is something you should have learned early on in grammar school.



Biggest issue with a / an is which to use before an acronym. E.g., "an FBI agent" ("an" modifying the "eff" sound) or "a FBI agent" ("a" modifying the word Federal that the F stands for). I have always used the former - mainly because the latter just sounds stupid! - but when trying to settle a small debate on this I researched on the web and found authorities backing both usages. Go figure!

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2010, 11:49:56 AM »
There is one particular grammar mistake that really irks me: a/an usage.

People that misuse them tend to fall into 2 groups:

Native English speakers that tend to overuse "a".

  • Examples: a apple, a egg, a ice cream cone, a octopus, a umbrella

Non-native English speakers that tend to overuse "an".

  • Examples: an ball, an computer, an shirt.

The native English speakers bother me more than the non-native ones, since this is something you should have learned early on in grammar school.


I agree.
The other one that 'irks' me even more is Me  versus I
All through grade school the teachers were pounding into the students, "Mary and I go to the market".

Yet, today, I cringe when I hear a statement like, "At the party it will only be William and I"
Subject versus* Predicate.


*Writing this post reminded me of two more (seen in written language):
per say  (to mean per se)
verses  (to represent versus)

And then there is the ubiquitous, "ect."  Which shouldn't be a problem for anyone who has worked on the command line in Unix
« Last Edit: January 28, 2010, 12:18:25 PM by parkint »

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2010, 01:55:03 PM »

All through grade school the teachers were pounding into the students, "Mary and I go to the market".

Yet, today, I cringe when I hear a statement like, "At the party it will only be William and I"

Some parties deserve a lamb basting!

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #35 on: January 28, 2010, 03:25:25 PM »

I agree.
The other one that 'irks' me even more is Me  versus I
All through grade school the teachers were pounding into the students, "Mary and I go to the market".

Yet, today, I cringe when I hear a statement like, "At the party it will only be William and I"
Subject versus* Predicate.


To be fair, I remember teachers who likened any usage of the words "...and me..." together at any time to committing a felony! I guess they felt that trying to distinguish correct usage from incorrect was hair-splitting to a degree that not many children would understand, so they just outlawed all uses.

Thanks!

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2010, 11:35:39 AM »
Besides common misspellings, perhaps the two biggest abuses online are the lack of apostrophes or their misuse. If you pay attention to such details, it will drive you mad.

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Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« Reply #37 on: February 01, 2010, 02:54:48 PM »
This author has a new one out on http://theoatmeal.com/ on semicolons.

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