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"Er, of course the L in “walk” and “talk” is silent. Who pronounces these words with the sound /l/? No one."

My grad-school housemate pronounced the L in both "walk" and "talk". He grew up in Iowa, but he remains the only person I've ever met who talked like this, and I lived in Iowa for 5 years.

Chris February 23, 2011, 3:32pm

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"cannot" is preferred; using "can not" runs you the risk of looking uneducated (despite being technically OK). Obvious exceptions are sentences like "This device can not only slice; it can also dice!"

Chris February 13, 2011, 2:23am

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"Gifting" reminds me of "conversating". A totally unnecessary coinage.

Chris February 13, 2011, 2:18am

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Lying is knowingly telling something that's not true with the intent to deceive. Thus, being mistaken or telling fictional stories for entertainment are not forms of lying.

Chris January 5, 2011, 7:41pm

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It's also possible to mislead by telling the truth.

Chris December 25, 2010, 9:40am

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In formal writing, I still use "e-mail". "E-mail" at the beginning of a sentence.

Chris October 14, 2010, 1:56pm

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OK, another: silent "i" in "lieu"

Chris September 27, 2010, 2:28pm

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As for Malaysia, it rhymes with Asia, which has no Y. Thus, it could be spelled "Malasia" and be pronounced the same. Ergo, the Y is silent.

And in my list, only "Le Febvre" is not English!

Chris September 26, 2010, 11:23pm

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Silent F, silent L:


Chris September 26, 2010, 11:20pm

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"[zero] point two five percent".

It's wrong to say "[zero] point twenty five percent", since it has nothing to with the number 25.

Chris September 26, 2010, 10:22am

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The use of quotes for emphasis is nonstandard, and frowned upon. But it's quite common on handwritten ads. As such, they're known as "grocers' quotes."

Chris September 25, 2010, 2:32pm

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A: cocoa
B: debt
C: scene
D: Wednesday (first d)
E: game (or any word with a silent e)
F: cliff (either one of the f's)
G: phlegm
H: hour
I: Hawaii
J: marijuana
K: knife
L: talk
M: mnemonic (first m)
N: autumn
O: leopard
P: psychic
Q: lacquer
R: Worcestershire (first r)
S: Arkansas
T: often (yup!)
U: gauge
V: Le Febvre
W: two
X: faux
Y: Malaysia
Z: rendezvous

Chris September 25, 2010, 2:24pm

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