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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:34 am 
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This could be quite an interesting thread - I'm sure that a lot of you out there can think up some more of the same. What do I mean? Well here's an example. People who are unhappy about something are said to be disgruntled - but you never hear of people being gruntled when the opposite is true, do you?

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When I was teaching one of my more common reproofs, if a student had left a washer or something in place, was that a component was mantled, not dismantled


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You've heard of someone being ruthless - never heard of anyone being ruth though!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:25 pm 
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Apart from girls being named that!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:30 pm 
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I am Ruth-less at the moment. A very old friend of mine with this name died in hospice of multiple cancers last week - a lingering & distressing death. :dcry:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:26 pm 
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"Ruth" is the old word for pity.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:27 pm 
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I am very sorry to hear that you have lost your Ruth, etcetera. x

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:19 pm 
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Yes me too etcetera .......I did put you a message in another forum but someone deleted it :sorry:


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I sent you a pm Mary, but you haven't read it.

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Then there's the spellings! For example Featherstonehaugh - pronounced Fanshaw and Cholmondely, pronounced Chumley.

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Or Dalziel, pronounce Dee Ell, Cirencester - Sisiidter or my own Anstruther - Aynster.


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How about Sioban pronounced Shivawn, St John pronounced Singin or worst of all Magdalen pronounced
Maudlin.

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Or my own given name of Morddwyd, pronounced
Mor thoo id.


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Stormy wrote:
Then there's the spellings! For example Featherstonehaugh - pronounced Fanshaw and Cholmondely, pronounced Chumley.



These spellings are rather like fossils; they have been left behind when things moved on. Words ( not only place names ) were often shortened for ease of pronunciation over long periods of time but the writing didn't. But nowadays we are led more by our eyes than by what we hear.

I often (offen ) tell my grandson that what I wear is a "weskit" as my own Granddad called it but it is still spelt the old way and the old way has now returned.
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laurie 53 wrote:
Or my own given name of Morddwyd, pronounced
Mor thoo id.

Laurie, that's Cymraeg! We are talking about the English language. Chwarae teg?

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Stormy wrote:
laurie 53 wrote:
Or my own given name of Morddwyd, pronounced
Mor thoo id.

Laurie, that's Cymraeg! We are talking about the English language. Chwarae teg?



You're right, of course.

In fact Welsh has, if any, such inconsistencies, pronunciation rules being fairly standard.

95% of Welsh people,, non-Welsh speakers, could pronounce my name on seeing it for the first time, or take it down over the telephone without my having to spell it.


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A lot of people say mischievious instead of mischievous - I wonder why.


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etcetera wrote:
A lot of people say mischievious instead of mischievous - I wonder why.


I think that they are wanting to follow 2nd vowel sound of the word "mischief" and then the stress pattern puts stress on the 2nd vowel which now has, instead of the unvoiced"f", a voiced consonant "v" and it seems to need a "i" to slide from the "v" to the "i".
/MIS/chief......./MIS/chievous.........mis/CHEV/ous

Just say the words a few times changing the main stress from the 1st to the 2nd vowel sound and the need for a "i" asserts itself.

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Mis cheeviou ous is American.


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Talking about language .... I came across the word pocillovy the other day! Hand up who knows what this means (without googling!!)

It was completely new to me too! :D


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Is it a thespian who adores cats?

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Rings a bell!
Half heard an antiques expert talking about eggcup collecting . Was that it?


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Rings a bell!
Half heard an antiques expert talking about eggcup collecting . Was that it?

Yep!! Give that man the prize! :P


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etcetera wrote:
You've heard of someone being ruthless - never heard of anyone being ruth though!

I know a Ruth, she is tough but not Ruthless. ;)

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Ruth is a book of the Old Testament. It is about a lady whose name is Ruth.

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