[LMB] OT: More words that I HATE!!

Louann Miller domelouann at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 22:37:14 BST 2020


and the classic, "ker-nel" =/= "co-lo-nel".

On Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 4:26 PM Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> On Sun, 27 Sep 2020 23:15:39 +0000, "Harvey Fishman" <fishman at panix.com>
> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> >------ Original Message ------
> >From: "Marc Wilson" <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk>
> >To: "LMB" <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk>
> >Bcc: fishman at panix.com
> >Sent: 9/27/2020 7:11:06 PM
> >Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: More words that I HATE!!
> >
> >>On Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:39:20 +0100, <thirlsmith at greenbee.net> wrote:
> >>
> >>>Replying to Eric: that V for W was IIRC a Cockney mannerism in the
> early C19 - Marryat (Peter Simple) also refers to it. It has lapsed since,
> but I cannot remember why or exactly when. In other parts of the country
> "waistcoat" might be "weskit", as Tolkien puts it into the mouth of Ham
> Gamgee.
> >>>
> >>>I believe also that (pace my countryman Mr Wilson) Johnson, on our side
> of the pond, had at least as much to do with the divergence of spelling as
> Webster on the other side. But I am very open to correction on this point.
> >>
> >>I think what Johnson achieved was to *regularise* spelling; up to the
> >>publication of his dictionary, it was far more mutable.
> >>
> >>Webster set out, with malice aforethought, to establish non-British
> >>spellings.
> >>--
> >>Whenever people say 'we mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it
> >>they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, 'we must
> >>be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it.  -
> Brigid Antonia Brophy
> >
> >What on Earth is wrong with dropping a 'u' other that it may be
> >non-British??
>
> Potayto, potahto.  The point was, it was done to be different, rather
> than to be "correct".
>
> Colo(u)r is pronounced "culler", in reality: neither spelling is
> phonetic.
>
> The "u" crept in from the French "couleur", which derived ultimately
> from the Latin "color" - so that was the pretext.  But neither spelling
> reflects the pronunciation.
> --
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> headphone wires.  That way your headphones will always untie
> themselves and your laces will never come undone.
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