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Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  February 21, 2011, 4:42am  •  1 vote

Although I live in Canada, I was originally from Somerset in the west country of England. A lot of the names in southern Ontario come from England - Exeter, London, Stratford, Cambridge, Wellington, P

Re: “graduated high school” or “graduated from high school”?  •  February 21, 2011, 4:19am  •  21 votes

Re: "February 10th, 2011 by Alyson Draper Is it really proper to say “I graduated high school,” or should it not be, “I graduated from high school?” Previously, I thought only rednecks were able to

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  February 21, 2011, 4:12am  •  2 votes

Not all "silent" letters are silent in all accents and dialects. For example, in Claudia's list I disagree with: - d in fudge - e in lime (without the e it rhymes with tim, with the e it rhymes wi

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  February 8, 2011, 5:30pm  •  1 vote

There is one Americanisation that cracks me up whenever I hear it said - vehicle being pronounced as "vee-hickle". I was taught to say veer-kul....and yes I know it comes from the Latin "vehiculum". I

Re: “Anglish”  •  October 6, 2010, 7:37pm  •  2 votes

Phonetic spelling of English is impossible because of the variations in pronounciations between the various accents. For example, I disagree with almost every example from Jm. To me girl = girl, sayin

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  October 1, 2010, 12:07pm  •  1 vote

Chris says: "Regarding “marijuana”: you do pronounce the j… if you’re speaking Spanish. But this is English! I pronounce it “marowana”." Yes, but the "ju" gives you the "w" - Juan is pronounced "wa

Re: On Tomorrow  •  September 29, 2010, 7:09pm  •  0 vote

I hear a lot of nouns used as personal hate is the misuse of "action". You can commit to an action, you can perform an action, but you do not "action something"!!! Everytime I hear that I w

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 29, 2010, 6:59pm  •  1 vote

How about Cirencester... I've heard it pronounced "sister" among others! Bristol->bristle (local) Gloucester->gloster Salisbury->salsbury Worcester->wooster In southern Ontario and around To

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 25, 2010, 4:59pm  •  2 votes

These lists are problematic. Depending on your accent or dialect, letters may or may not be silent. In both of the lists submitted so far I can disagree with several entries. The definition of silent

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 25, 2010, 4:47pm  •  2 votes

Ritchie - I'm located in southern Ontario in Canada. Approximately 100km southwest of Toronto.

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 25, 2010, 4:45pm  •  3 votes

Chris - stick with English, using foreign words is cheating!

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  September 24, 2010, 12:24pm  •  1 vote

Richie says: September 19, 2010 at 12:14 pmProbably any letter can be silent if you talk to the right people! (e.g. I don’t pronounce the “l” in “people”) You don't???? So how do you pronounce peop

Re: OK vs Okay  •  September 24, 2010, 12:21pm  •  1 vote

The Turkish etymology is pretty far-fetched and unlikely. Somehow I doubt the ancient people were stupid enough to think they could hit the moon with an arrow! From Wikipaedia - There are five pro

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  September 16, 2010, 6:09pm  •  5 votes

Out of curiosity I passed Résumé though the Word spell check in the Queen's English (UK and Canada), Australian and American. Résumé passed all 4 spell checks. "Résume" failed all 4 English spell c

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  September 15, 2010, 11:33pm  •  0 vote

Peter Messervy - the initials CV definitely stand for Curriculum vitae. Your "chapter and verse" sounds like a "backronym" created by someone who wasn't quite sure what CV stood for - or they were pul

Re: North or northern  •  September 9, 2010, 11:13pm  •  0 vote

Hmmm...I'm thinking that popular usage of north vs. northern or east vs eastern comes down to rhythm. I have often thought that English when spoken by a native speaker has a rhythm (I cannot speak to

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  September 9, 2010, 11:03pm  •  3 votes

porsche - You say you haven't heard "mistle", but mistle = MISS-ul. Methinks it is just an interpretation of spelling. It still comes down to miss-ile vs. mistle (miss-ul).

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  September 3, 2010, 11:44pm  •  3 votes

A few other pronunciation differences between Canadian and American I have noted: dew – dyew vs. doo duke – dyuke vs dook missile – miss-sile vs mistle Don’t even get me started on “zed” vs. “

Re: “Anglish”  •  August 24, 2010, 12:42pm  •  0 vote

Methinks many have not read the entirety of the thoughts behind Anglish. I do not think that it was intended to be nit-picky about replacing or purging all non-Anglo-Saxon from English. I believe the

Re: He and I, me and him  •  August 9, 2010, 7:31pm  •  5 votes

Re: “Mrs. Smith taught me and John” Personally, I would say that Mrs. Smith taught John and myself. I have always thought that English has a rhythm and you say what sounds correct!

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  August 9, 2010, 7:23pm  •  1 vote

In Canada, the use of curriculum vitae seems limited to medical and university professors. Resumé is used by everyone else. We always seem to be stuck between English and American. As for the pron

Re: “Anglish”  •  July 28, 2010, 8:01pm  •  1 vote

I originally asked the question about "Anglish" to garner opinions. I do not think that the promoters of Anglish are xenophobic, they merely prefer to use an Anglo-Saxon word where possible. Someone a

Re: “Anglish”  •  July 26, 2010, 11:09pm  •  16 votes

JJM says: “Does anybody have an opinion or thoughts on “Anglish”…” Yes, it’s a ridiculous idea. “Samebloodedness”? Get a life." Perhaps instead of being rude and insulting you could explain your

Re: Really happy or real happy  •  July 22, 2010, 8:53pm  •  1 vote

...or to quote Ren & Stimpy, "happy, happy joy,joy"!

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  July 22, 2010, 8:43pm  •  2 votes

England on the attack" vs. "England are on the attack". I would say that "England are on the attack" refers to a team who’s players are on the attack. This is plural – hence “are”. To say "England

Re: Word in question: Conversate  •  July 17, 2010, 10:45am  •  5 votes

"Conversate" is an awkward word. It sounds contrived. I think we already have this area covered with converse and conversation. Another code word by people who like to think of themselves as "cool"...

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  July 15, 2010, 6:13pm  •  0 vote

It is interesting reading various phonetic spellings of words. For example in US English "dew" rhymes with "do" and "duke" is "dook". I was partially raised in England and moved to Canada. I learnt "d

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  July 15, 2010, 5:53pm  •  0 vote

Hmmm...maybe avoid the entire issue and go with "CV" or "Curriculum Vitae"! When I checked several sources "Résumé" seems be preferred. Merriam-Webster lists "Résumé" as a noun and "resume" as a v

Re: “Anglish”  •  July 15, 2010, 5:40pm  •  1 vote

When I read about "Anglish" I thought about the poverty of words without non-Germanic words. I don't know how pendantic these people are - they seem to be mostly in England. It could be as simple as p

Re: Twenty-ten vs Two thousand-ten  •  July 14, 2010, 6:26pm  •  1 vote

My theory is that people will use whichever sounds smoothest to their ears. So much English usage is custom, dialectical or personal preference. “Two thousand and nine” sounds smooth while “twenty-

Re: mines  •  July 14, 2010, 6:18pm  •  3 votes

"This book is mines", is childish. It seems that many younger people in an attempt to appear "cool" or "gangsterish" deliberately speak in a way that makes them seem uneducated. Unfortunately, such En

Re: OK vs Okay  •  July 14, 2010, 6:14pm  •  0 vote

Quote: "The earliest claimed usage of okay is a 1790 court record from Sumner County, Tennessee, discovered in 1859 by a Tennessee historian named Albigence Waldo Putnam, in which Andrew Jackson appa

Re: “I’m just saying”  •  July 14, 2010, 6:10pm  •  5 votes

I think that "I'm just saying" is a passive-aggressive phrase. You have stated your opinion and you feel unsure or defensive about it. It comes across as a desperate plea to avoid giving offence. "Wit

Re: why does english have capital letters?  •  July 14, 2010, 5:55pm  •  3 votes

In English capital letters (or majuscules) are used at the beginning of sentences and for proper nouns such as a person's name, a country's name or an organisation. In addition, majuscles are often us

Re: silent autumn  •  July 23, 2009, 11:38pm  •  0 vote

Actually, depending on your accent, the "n" in autumn is not silent. With American pronunciation, the "n" cannot be heard. With certain British accents the "n" is heard...

Re: silent autumn  •  December 26, 2008, 9:09pm  •  0 vote

In the previous article, I of course switched the 'm' and the 'n'!

Re: silent autumn  •  December 26, 2008, 9:07pm  •  1 vote

There are a lot of silent letters in English. English has taken words from so many sources - Latin, Greek, French, Hindi, Arabic - just to name a few. Autumn was derived from Latin "autumnus" (via Fre