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Old 10-04-2011, 02:21 PM   #71
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My parents both say: waRsh. Wash has no R!! Either does the state or the name of our nation's capital. Not sure how you can butcher a four-letter word like that ... My brother and I both tease them about it but it hasn't made either of them change the way they say it.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:26 PM   #72
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My parents both say: waRsh. Wash has no R!! Either does the state or the name of our nation's capital. Not sure how you can butcher a four-letter word like that ... My brother and I both tease them about it but it hasn't made either of them change the way they say it.
I was able to break DH of the warshing habit by using public humiliation and ridicule. (No, actually I used the "point and chortle" method.). So far he done real good.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:29 PM   #73
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One of the most annoying things I frequently hear is the word OFTEN pronounced as OFF-TEN. The word is pronounced OFF-EN. It has a silent T, just like listen, fasten, and soften! Would you go to the grocery store and ask for fabric SOF-TENNER?
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:44 PM   #74
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One of the most annoying things I frequently hear is the word OFTEN pronounced as OFF-TEN. The word is pronounced OFF-EN. It has a silent T, just like listen, fasten, and soften! Would you go to the grocery store and ask for fabric SOF-TENNER?

SHUTUP!! Well slap me down and roll me across the floor!!! You don't pronounce the t in often??? When did that start???!
I got to get away from all these "country proper speakin' folks"!!!


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Old 10-04-2011, 03:22 PM   #75
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SHUTUP!! Well slap me down and roll me across the floor!!! You don't pronounce the t in often??? When did that start???!
I got to get away from all these "country proper speakin' folks"!!!


This got me thinking. It depends on in what context I use the word on how I use it. Examples- "I ofen think of you" "How often do you come here?". I have no clue why I do this.
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:29 PM   #76
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My coworker wants to "axe me a question".....good grief! Ask!!
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:35 PM   #77
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One of the most annoying things I frequently hear is the word OFTEN pronounced as OFF-TEN. The word is pronounced OFF-EN. It has a silent T, just like listen, fasten, and soften! Would you go to the grocery store and ask for fabric SOF-TENNER?
Pronouncing the "t" is perfectly acceptable.


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'Often' was pronounced with a t-sound until the 17th century, when a pronunciation without the came to predominate in the speech of the educated, in both North America and Great Britain, and the earlier pronunciation fell into disfavor. Common use of a spelling pronunciation has since restored the [t] for many speakers, and today /ˈɔfən/[aw-fuhn] and /ˈɔftən/[awf-tuhn] or /ˈɒfən/[of-uhn] and [of-tuhn] exist side by side. Although it is still sometimes criticized, 'often' with a /t/[t] is now so widely heard from educated speakers that it has become fully standard once again.
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i can still remember playground taunts of "you can't say ain't. ain't ain't a word coz ain't ain't in the dictionary!" well, in 1961, webster's third edition, amid controversy, included the word "ain't" in its dictionary, thus finally legitimizing a word not recognized as proper english language, but due to its persistent common usage over the years.
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There are two that drive me crazy. The first one is the misuse of the word "obviously". People say it all the time when there is nothing obvious about what they are saying.

The second is the word "decimate". Decimate originally meant to reduce by a tenth. If an amry was decimated it meant they lost one out of every ten men.
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OK, that's a cool one GB. How are people using decimate incorrectly around you? I haven't thought of that one before.
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