Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by Nobody's Home, Jan 9, 2019.
Phrase of the day is changed irrevocably
Todays word is Yield
I’ve been reminded of this because one of the hosts of a podcast I’ve gotten really into habitually does this! I think it’s probably a matter of it being a word that’s honestly really nonintuitive as far as the English language goes—there’s enough going on there that I suspect a lot of people are using the nonstandard pronunciation as a…crutch sounds mean and I don’t intend it that way at all, but as a way to get the point across without having to struggle with a set of sounds they may find physically difficult to make? Which is fascinating as hell, imo!
I actually did something very similar with the word “pretzel” as a kid—I knew how it was “supposed” to be pronounced, but I couldn’t get my fucking mouth to make the sounds happen, so I habitually said “prentzel” for years because that was somehow easier for me to say? We still sometimes call ‘em prentzels in my family as a bit of an in-joke.
Geezer is another one of those words that looks and sounds exactly like it should somehow and I love it.
HIBERNACLE, meaning a winter retreat, shelter, or hiding place.
TIL that the "-ward" in "awkward" is the same as the one in forward, backward, and toward, and that "awkward" originally meant "going the wrong way"!
Today's word is BUBBLY-JOCK
the Scots word for a turkey :)
I’m sorry what how does that mean turkey what steps and associations had to be made to get there?!
It's imitating the sound a turkey makes!
I see! Thank you for that explanation XD
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