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by sluggo
Thu Apr 13, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: KIBOSH
Replies: 12
Views: 9736

:evil: I am the person to whom Sluggo was referring who pronounces KIbosh the correct way. I suspect Sluggo is in error or in denial (or maybe in North Carolina instead of New Orleans where he belongs) to suggest I am the ONLY person he's heard pronounce KIbosh KIbosh. Hey Sluggo? Kibosh. OK I'll a...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:36 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: I don't want to look stupid, but irregardless I want to know
Replies: 135
Views: 135170

Yeah, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan and Romanian also have double and triple negatives. French doesn't have them and supposedly neither Italian, but you can find them in "substandard" Italian. Beg to differ, Braz; French does indeed do dem double don'ts ( ne pas fumer , je ne sais rien = don't not s...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: Etymology
Topic: Test Your Knowledge
Replies: 14
Views: 19014

Re: Test Your Knowledge

Which Foreign Language Is Closer To English? a. French b. German c. Spanish d. Gaelic e. Italian Correct answer and historical references will posted within 7 days. "Correct", huh? Tempted to go with Old English (begging a broad definition of 'foreign', not to mention the problematic 'closer')... b...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:08 pm
Forum: Good Word Discussion
Topic: KIBOSH
Replies: 12
Views: 9736

Re: KIBOSH

Dr. Goodword wrote:• kibosh •

Pronunciation: kai-bahsh • (snip)
Already posted a query elsewhere on this but I have only ever met one person who uses the above pronunciation; for me and everyone else I have heard it has been "ki-BOSH". Is it possible we are but a marginal minority?
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:51 pm
Forum: Spelling
Topic: Know why "kn" is used where "n" would su
Replies: 16
Views: 42617

Re: Know why "kn" is used where "n" woul

This is a french vs germanic-english thing, but why do we retain the KN. Germany just simplified there grammer & spelling, why can't we just drop the KN? Verbum's can-o'-worms point is well taken. The reason it's in there in my understanding is that in Olde Englishe the word was pronounced "k-nicht...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:41 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "reference" used as a verb
Replies: 29
Views: 46841

Since I don't normally believe much of anything I see in the New York Times, (snip) I semi-agree with Stargzer: consider the source. While I think a discussion of the NYT editorially belongs somewhere else, they do have a questionable record on copy editing (are they still using {gasp} apostrophes ...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:26 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: "to hospital" vs "to the hospital"
Replies: 24
Views: 42293

bold brazen articles

I agree with Tim that to school , in school , and at school imply that one is attending classes . To the school , in the school , and at the school imply that one is at a particular school/building . Telephone conversations: "May I speak with Sarah?" "No, she's at school right now." ==> Implies tha...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:11 pm
Forum: Grammar
Topic: May I or Can I
Replies: 13
Views: 19256

Re: May I or Can I

Why do so few Americans actually use the words appropriately any more? If I may say, I cannot understand what this question means. Is it 'why do we fail to make a distinction'? I always become enraged upon hearing a recorded telephone voice or advertising voice telling me "...or you may call us at....
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:02 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Yank/Reb test: missing links and suggested addtitions
Replies: 22
Views: 53208

Yank/Reb test: missing links and suggested addtitions

Three questions that had no adequate answer on my test: #13 the road along the highway- there's no such thing in many places (I travelled over a thousand miles from home before I saw one) #17 throwing toilet paper over a house --never seen it done and hence has no name at all (is this related to thr...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: Res Diversae
Topic: chalant and gruntled
Replies: 4
Views: 6614

Katie, I remember this one well, and was happy to reread it. I have always loved orphaned positives. (Isn't that what you and I are? LOL) Which brings up the question of what these are called- I learned the roots of these terms (unkempt, nonchalant etc) as "non-positive negatives". Does that make t...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:07 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Question of dialect
Replies: 26
Views: 31980

Re: Shifty vowels -I big to differ

There are several dialect where [ae] > [e]: Australia/New Zealand and New York-Philadelphia corridor. I dunno- I grew up right in that NY-Phil corridor and we had a canyon of disctinction between those vowels. In fact, my siblings and I were always begging for clarification from Mississippi Mom, wh...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:58 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Plurals
Replies: 16
Views: 23946

the 2nd person plural

Well we all know y'all and youse, but I have a friend (from upstate NY) who insists that on travels through Pennsylvania she hears people use the term "you'uns" or "y'uns". Much as I pride myself on being a well-travelled half-breed DixieYank (YankReb score: 50/50) who grew up in PA, I have never ev...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:53 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: THE Interstate?
Replies: 26
Views: 51857

THE Interstate?

Here's a curiosity: In my travels I notice some places use the definite article when referring to the name of an Interstate or other highway/freeway while others go straight to it: in California, you get on "the five" or "the 101". They do this also in Louisiana, you take "the I-10". Around SE PA/NJ...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:43 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: water...
Replies: 6
Views: 11058

Wudder we talkin' about

We too said "wudder" in SE PA. I only scrubbed this habit upon enrolling in a broadcasting school where they ironed out our accents and in the process pointed such things out (seems to go along with 'color', pronounced "KYUH-ler"). This would be homonymous to that standard Fluffya (Philadelphia) gre...
by sluggo
Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:31 pm
Forum: The Rebel-Yankee Test
Topic: Where You At?
Replies: 17
Views: 32612

Re: verb reversal and "Wayat"

. . . Then of course there are the improbable pronunciations of common proper nouns. Don't get me started... Oh, let's do! That's why here we're! ;) Ah, somebody took the bait already! :wink: Kewl. Some street names that always crack me up: Burgundy (bur-GUN-dee) Milan (MY-lyn) Helios (heh-LOYS) Ca...

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