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Commonly misused phrases
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May 28 2012, 4:16am

Post #176 of 187 (2405 views)
Ha! much better than impactful... [In reply to] Can't Post

though it has a ring of a type of retentiveness -- the number two cause of difficult exchanges -- inciteful is a much better word for such discussions.

(This post was edited by SirDennisC on May 28 2012, 4:22am)


May 28 2012, 7:39am

Post #177 of 187 (2354 views)
One day [In reply to] Can't Post

Now it's 7 degrees and hailing. Hot on the heels of a Nor' Wester, nearly always comes a freezing Southerly. It's four seasons in one day round these parts. Crazy


May 28 2012, 4:20pm

Post #178 of 187 (2339 views)
Another strange pronunciation [In reply to] Can't Post

I use to live in East Anglia (UK) and not far from a place called: Wymondham.

It still boogles me today how it is pronounced!


May 28 2012, 5:31pm

Post #179 of 187 (2387 views)
I liked [In reply to] Can't Post

Word Perfect, too. I haven't used it in while but I did 25 years ago when I was a secretary at a hospital. I had to work with documents that other people had created with Word Perfect who didn't know how to use it. The reveal codes feature was really handy for that. I work with numbers & spreadsheets now but I kind of miss some aspects of what I used to do.

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May 28 2012, 7:18pm

Post #180 of 187 (2277 views)
Odd. *We* got hail yesterday evening out of the northwest. No A/C for folks without power here.// [In reply to] Can't Post



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May 28 2012, 10:02pm

Post #181 of 187 (2324 views)
*takes a listen on Forvo* [In reply to] Can't Post

Yep, I thought they'd pronounce "Wymondham" like "Windom".

But that's because I grew up around Worcester (Mass.), which most locals pronounce "Wuster" - that first vowel is a sort of cross between "uh" and "oo"; if you listen to the Forvo samples, the second person must be from Maine. Tongue

And it's right next to Leicester ("Lester").

The most unusual place-name I think I've encountered is Cholmondeley ("Chumlee").


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May 28 2012, 11:22pm

Post #182 of 187 (2480 views)
Thanks Kiwifan! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm sure I will never grow weary of TORN as long as good folks like yourself are gathered here!

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May 29 2012, 7:08am

Post #183 of 187 (2373 views)
Spot on there [In reply to] Can't Post

For ages I just assumed it was literally pronounced Wy-mond-ham. Get rid of all those extra letters!! Wink

Cholmondeley certainly is more unusual that Wymondham. They must be fed up with people saying it wrong Crazy


May 29 2012, 10:06am

Post #184 of 187 (2372 views)
I have a friend who's from Sheffield [In reply to] Can't Post

& she uses love a lot. Once she called me a cheeky monkey which I thought was really cool - describes me perfectly!

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May 29 2012, 12:25pm

Post #185 of 187 (2322 views)
I pronounce it Windam (or actually Windham) [In reply to] Can't Post

Try Bicester. Or Cirencester. Both towns are in Gloucestershire. Come to think of it, try to say Gloucestershire. It's a lot easier then remembering how to spell it!


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May 30 2012, 10:26am

Post #186 of 187 (2447 views)
Gloucestershire? [In reply to] Can't Post

That's easy enough to pronounce, just like Worcestershire! (Gloucester being only a few miles away from Worcester...Massachusetts did end up with a lot of those place-names.)

I remember reading once that the "cester" in a town name indicates that a castle had been built there.


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"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915

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May 31 2012, 4:35am

Post #187 of 187 (2328 views)
Okay, I feel qualified to speak to that one [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a formal phrase, one that I believe originates in the world of politics. A person who can speak to something is one who has some authority or expertise on the matter, or will give evidence or commentary on it. Example: An expert witness will speak to the merits of a pending piece of legislation. It's a turn of phrase that makes me just a tiny bit nostalgic for my days as a legislative aide!

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