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I doubt that "nother" will ever become a real word, because it is only used in the phrase, "a whole nother."

Claudia April 18, 2012, 3:56pm

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It seems there are no one-word antonyms for awaken. Slumber means to be asleep, and lull means to send to sleep. Informally, you could use "crash," as in, "Can I crash at your place?" But "fall asleep" is the term everyone uses. Besides, wake up is more common than awaken.

Claudia June 29, 2011, 4:24pm

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Martin, I found your comment about the double letters in Nordic language interesting. However, in the English language, if a person who had never known the word jazz before, and heard it aloud and was asked to spell it, that person might have spelled it as jaz because the extra Z is unnecessary in the pronunciation of the word.

In response to Shaun's comment: in my list of words I was mostly talking about the silent letters as not being audible when spoken aloud, rather than if a letter was taken away from the word, the end result would still sound the same. For example, the E in lime is necessary to the pronunciation of the word (yes, without the E it would rhyme with dim) but you cannot hear the E as a separate vowel in the word. In the Spanish language, lime would be pronounced LEE-may—the E having its own distinct "ay" sound. What I mean by the silent letters in the words you picked out:

fudge - I often don't hear the D distinctly pronounced when spoken.

marijuana - The J is inaudible in English. The word could be mariuana.

balm - I don't say bam instead of balm, but I don't pronounce the L. I say "bahm".

lacquer - Because of the C, I find the Q unnecessary. In fact, the U is also unnecessary because the word is pronounced LAK-er, the K representing the hard C sound.

February - Nobody I know says FEB-roo-air-ee. They say FEB-you-air-ee.

fivepence - This one was a stretch. In some English dialects, however, I have heard fivepence said as fi'pence.

stray - The A alone could have a long vowel sound (even though this occurrence would be rare in English). Yes, that being said, bra could sound like bray if you thought about it.

As for my dialect? I guess I'm a hybrid. My dad's family is from North Carolina, but he's lived in Massachusetts for most of his life. His accent is pretty neutral as far as Massachusetts goes (nothing heavy like Boston) but occasionally I will hear a little bit of a southern accent in his voice. My mum is from Cheshire, England—she grew up in Manchester and Macclesfield and moved to America about 16 years ago. My accent is fairly neutral but sometimes I will speak with tinges of southern US or northern England.

Claudia February 21, 2011, 1:23pm

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A - aisle
B - subtle
C - science
D - fudge
E - lime
F - cliff
G - gnome
H - honor
I - believe
J - marijuana
K - know
L - balm
M - mnemonic
N - autumn
O - jeopardy
P - psalm
Q - lacquer
R - February
S - island
T - castle
U - build
V - fivepence
W - wrinkle
X - faux
Y - stray
Z - jazz

Claudia February 19, 2011, 8:31pm

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Never write a sentence that requires you to use the word "whom". It's too archaic, too formal.

Claudia February 19, 2011, 8:09pm

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According to this website, "email" without capitalization or hyphenation is a type of dark ink:

Although no one would ever use the word with that particular meaning, it could potentially be confused with electronic mail.

I still use email instead of e-mail. It looks better to me.

Claudia February 19, 2011, 8:07pm

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"Can not" seems to work when there needs to be emphasis on "not".

Claudia February 19, 2011, 7:59pm

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To graduate is successfully complete an academic course—in this case, high school. In formal English, it is "graduated from high school".

Claudia February 19, 2011, 7:58pm

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The apostrophes look better than the quotation marks. In response to Ivy: notice that if you pluralize a capital I at the beginning of a sentence, it looks like the word "is".

Claudia February 19, 2011, 7:56pm

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