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Commonly misused phrases
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SirDennisC
Half-elven


May 28 2012, 4:16am

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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)


Starling
Half-elven


May 28 2012, 7:39am

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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


DanielLB
Immortal


May 28 2012, 4:20pm

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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!


sherlock
Gondor


May 28 2012, 5:31pm

Post #179 of 187 (1254 views)
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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.


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 28 2012, 7:18pm

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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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dernwyn
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May 28 2012, 10:02pm

Post #181 of 187 (1227 views)
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*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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Longbottom Leaf
Rivendell


May 28 2012, 11:22pm

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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!

The best weed in the southfarthing!


DanielLB
Immortal


May 29 2012, 7:08am

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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


sherlock
Gondor


May 29 2012, 10:06am

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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!


geordie
Tol Eressea

May 29 2012, 12:25pm

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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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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 30 2012, 10:26am

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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




Arandiel
Grey Havens

May 31 2012, 4:35am

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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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