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by april61
Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:17 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Incomplete sentence in Oliver Twist?
Replies: 2
Views: 8803

I know that in the UK come words that we would write or speak are skipped. Eg. "he is in hospital" ['the' is missing], or "I'll give it you" ['to' is missing]. So perhaps in this very long and clumsy sentence it is normal for Dickens to have written this without 'he' preceeding 'sat himself down'. ...
by april61
Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: Grammar
Topic: Incomplete sentence in Oliver Twist?
Replies: 2
Views: 8803

Incomplete sentence in Oliver Twist?

A home-educating mom on a Yahoo groups for the same found a mistake in Oliver Twist (can it be?!!!). We had the dickens of a conversation about it, with some moms purporting that the sentence was, indeed, correct as written, while others, like myself, argued that it couldn't possibly be considered g...
by april61
Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:27 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: National Spelling Bee
Replies: 5
Views: 15694

Tell your daughter good luck! She's probably much smarter than I thought I was back then. :wink: Good job, Huia Iesou. :) Two years ago at regionals, our daughter spelled "spatial" as "spacial" and was counted incorrect. If I had been on the ball, I would have questioned the judges about it, just i...
by april61
Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:20 am
Forum: Spelling
Topic: National Spelling Bee
Replies: 5
Views: 15694

That's right--second place was won by a Canadian. Students from any English-speaking country can enter the Scripps National Bee. I agree that "national" doesn't seem to fit. Our daughter was 2nd at regionals this year--she didn't know the word "solder," even though we had studied it several months e...
by april61
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:09 pm
Forum: Spelling
Topic: National Spelling Bee
Replies: 5
Views: 15694

National Spelling Bee

Do we have National Spelling Bee fans here? Our family has followed it the last few years. One of our daughters aspires to be the state bee champ--her last chance will be 2007.

In grace,
april
by april61
Sun Jun 11, 2006 9:16 pm
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Dilemma/dilemna
Replies: 36
Views: 127863

off-the-top-of-my-head

We also have column. There must be others, but I can't think of any easy way to look them up or search for them anywhere.
by april61
Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:46 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Warsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 141033

"woish"

No, wait! My mom doesn't say "worsh." She says "woish," with the vowel as in joy. My kids reminded me of this slight variation, which invariably causes them to snicker. My dh agrees--he knows lots of people who say "worsh" around here. I wonder if instead of an ethnic peculiarity, it could be a gene...
by april61
Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Dilemma/dilemna
Replies: 36
Views: 127863

Brazilian dude wrote:But why would anybody spell dilemma with double n? I don't know any English words in which mn in pronounced m. Anybody can refresh my memory?

Brazilian dude
How about condemn?
by april61
Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:59 pm
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Dilemma/dilemna
Replies: 36
Views: 127863

Re: Dilemma/dilemna

As a result of a remark made by someone on another forum, I did a search on dilemma vs. dilemna and was surprised to discover how many people were actually TAUGHT to spell d-i-l-e-m- n -a. Can anyone throw light on the origina of this tenured error? Verbum I've discussed this at length with friends...
by april61
Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Warsh?
Replies: 72
Views: 141033

Re: Worsh - Wisconsin!

I posted earlier that I grew up in Iowa (in the land of little Germany, as my husband calls it) and generations have pronounced it "worsh". I think it may have somethin' to do with German ancestry... I've always wondered why my mom said "warsh." I think my dad's dad might have said it, too. Both we...

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