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March 16, 2012
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Jayles - what an interesting observation. It's true: one doesn't hear them so much nowadays.Perhaps those ready-made thoughts seem rather laboured and groan-worthy.
An edit button, pretty please?
Bugger.'I've only ever seen that in Detroit' suggests that I may have heard it...but never seen it.
Has the 'only' drifted into the wrong place?I've only ever seen that in Detroit.I've seen that only in Detroit. (Ever being dropped)
'I've only ever seen that in Detroit' suggests that I may have seen it...but never heard it.
In English English slang a chrome dome is a baldy.
My generation still calls it The Ivory Coast but 'the' has been dropped.
Will - thanks for your post. I think that the sort of people who write advertising copy are aware of American slang and tend to pick it up. They just don't get it right.
To me, as a Brit, mechanics has nothing to do with the study of English.
Thanks, jayles. Economy, ecology and ecumenical are all derived from it. The English spellings (oeconomy, oecology and oecumenical) have finally given way to the simpler form, just as the 'ae' in, for example, mediaeval, has been shortened to plain 'e'. In Britain we keep the spelling 'aesthete', pronounced with a long 'e'. Americans spell it 'esthete' and give it a short 'e'. As with 'Edipus', that sounds odd to me.
Economy, if memory serves, was originally spelled 'oeconomy' and would therefore have had (still does) a long O.Americans tend to pronounce Oedipus, which they spell Edipus, with a short O, which sounds odd to me.
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