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Had this been posted nowadays, it would no doubt have provoked a blizzard of "Oy!"s.

Don't worry, Zimms. Even back in 1991, someone knew enough to respond to the above message with the comment that "engineering" and "entertainment" come from French and have therefore retained the French pronunciation of "en". That's something I didn't know. The poster also stated that, because "English" is an "English" word, "English" is correctly pronounced when "en" becomes "in".

Another interesting historical AUE factoid:
A thread titled "Subjunctive" was the only thread that originated on the AUE's first day and reappeared within the past year (as recently as Oct '03); it also popped up in '94, '95, '98, and '00. Back in '91 people were convinced that the subjunctive mood was dead everywhere but in America, where it'd eventually die out "within our lifetimes". How wrong those primitive net people were!
I say ('i:NglIS), ('i:[email protected]), (wi:N), and (stri:N) ("eenglish", "eengland", "weeng", and "streeng"), and I believe a lot of other people do too.

So, you're talking the difference bewteen a long "E" and a short "I" then. All those vowel sounds that you seem to use the long "E" for, I use the short "I". The '91 poster, apparently, used the short "E", in an attempt at "correctness".
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The guy who invented Pledge.

I don't understand.

Ssh! Don't let on!

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
Simon R. Hughes filted:

Thus spake Ross Howard: That was his brother, Mr Johnson.

Now a "Johnson doctor" on the other hand, that'd be a urologist..r

I see Joey has attained Bun Mui status a feeder of straight lines.
He'll probably ask what I mean.

Bob Lieblich
"Before Webster (and his predecessors like Benjamin Franklin), `center' and `color' were merely variant spellings. I'm not sure which Dr. Johnson preferred." Who's "Dr. Johnson"?

Samuel Johnson born 1709, in Lichfield, Staffordshire He studied at Oxford for a year, but dropped out because he couldn't afford it.

(snip much else)
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Corollary: There's no way to force the ignoramus to look it up.

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I don't understand.

I know.

A little help please; isn't the guy who invented Pledge "Mr. CLEAN"?
I know.

Oops. I missed out this bit: http://www.scjbrands.com/docs/menu/scj home.htm

OK, thanks. I get it now. I think I know that company as "Johnson & Johnson".
Do you really use exactly the same vowels as in "weakling"?

I use two different vowels in "weakling". The first one is the true long "E" (the Spanish/Italian "I", como te lo chiama); but the second is the short "I".
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Wait a minute. Is that* a diss? The last time I put "comments?" at the end of one of my posts, you accused me of being Bun. *She* stole that from *me!
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