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Valley-Girl Speech

There has been much discussion in Usenet of the peculiarity of speech shown by some younger people wherein they have a rising intonation at the end of a declarative statement,...

Valley-Girl Speech *Redux*

There has been much discussion in Usenet of the peculiarity of speech shown by some younger people wherein they have a rising intonation at the end of a declarative statement,...

Clarification Of A "Baseball Joke", Please

(Note cross-posts and follow-up) My partner was given a desk calendar as a little Christmas gift, where each day's page bears a description of some seemingly stupid activity that...

Pipped (At/On/To) The Post

A history of the Sunderland Football Club at [link] uses both of the phrases "pipped to the post" and "pipped at the post". The relevant sentences are Sunderland's first season...

Source Of Rhyme - Guggles And Fungermush

Hi Not sure if this is the right group but I am trying to find the complete poem/rhyme whaich starts off (at least how we were taught) The Guggles in the bathroom wall are heard...

Definite Article Before A Band's Name...

A friend of mine used the phrase "Worship and Music by 13 A.D." Here 13 A.D. is the name of the band. Shouldn't it be "Worship and music bythe 13 A.D. ?

Linguistic Question: 'E' Ending + 'Able...

Hello, how can I call in English a thing which e.g. "cannot be closed"? Uncloseable or unclosable? Are they any rules for leaving or throwing away the final letter E while adding...

Captain Jack Sparrow's Florid Style

Hello everybody, I am having trouble to get the meaning of this 'weasely black guts' piece in the sentences I cite below. Does 'guts' in this case mean something like 'fortitude...

Word4word -- An Online Dialect Map Of...

I've just heard about a forthcoming series on BBC Radio 4 called Word4Word, which "sets out to capture the way the local ways we speak are changing" how's that for a clumsy start...

Who'd Heed 'Hood HUD Head Had Hoed, Hawed...

(The sentense seems better with "his" in it) The vowels I missed were Schwa, Barred i, and (a the vowel in father&calm. I don't think there's a word that's pronounced (ha:d) in...

Maugham Mom Taught Tot, Caught Cot, Pawed...

I still like my first output best: Who'd heed 'hood HUD head had hoed, hawed, & hid his hod? Re: Cyd sighed & sawed, sued sad sod, & sowed said seed. I used "Cyd" rather than ...

Gotten

Sorry if this has been done to death already. Is it true that the word gotten was originally part of English English? If so, then when did it disappear (I'm assuming it is now...

Maud, Mod Med-Maid, Marred Mead Mud 'Mid...

More installments of the "vowel twisters" or "palate twisters": Maud, mod med-maid, marred mead mud 'mid mad-mode mood. Paraphrase: Maud, modern nurse, damaged the meadow mud angrily...

Cyd Sighed & Sawed, Sued Sad Sod, & Sowed...

More of the "vowel twisters" or "palate twisters": Cyd sighed & sawed, sued sad sod, & sowed said seed. sod = jerk said = aforementioned Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail - Helps protect...

Who'd Heed 'Hood HUD Head Had Hoed, Hawed...

I just made this up: Who'd heed 'hood HUD head had hoed, hawed, & hid his hod? (Did I miss any verbs?) Paraphrase of the sentence: Who'd care that the local HUD chairman had used...

Origin Of Quote "I'd Rather Regret Having...

Does anyone know the origin of this quote (or equiv)? "When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did." It must be much older...

Question (English Usage)

Does one say: (i) Even if it WERE true... or (ii) Even it WAS true... Also, Does one say: (i) For HE who wishes to escape death and corruption there is but one sole option... or...

Article Before Or After Adjective

Hi, I hope I am in the right newsgroup. Some years ago I saw someone using a sentence similar to: "This is very good a car." vs "This is a very good car." Is this wrong? If not...

Pink Poets

I've been trying to search the net for details on the 'Pink Poets' - how the group came into existence, who the earliest members were, what characterisez their poetry etc. But...

Emotional (English) Speech Evaluation

Hello, I have created an online survey where videos of talking 3D faces should be evaluated in terms of their emotional content. There are many clips to be labeled, but you can...

UK Legal Jargon? -- "To Plead Guilty With...

Thanks so much for the quick responses. I'd appreciate comments on the following. "to plead guilty with full credit" 1. Is this phrase immediately recognizable to anaverage, literate...

Sank/Sunk, Shrank/Shrunk: A New View

Over the last few years there have been quite a few posts lamenting a gradual loss of past tenses in -a-; for example, shrunk is taking over from shrank, stunk from stank etc....

Have (Got) In British English

As far as I know, you usually can't leave out "got" after "have" in negative and interrogative sentences. Grammars say that you may sound very formal if you leave out "got" in...

Lost/Displaced Briticisms

Thought I'd start a new thread on Briticisms which have been (mostly) displaced by Americanisms. Can you think of any more? Or point to questionable items? Accumulator: car battery...

Counter

I know that the word "counter", when used domestically, is predominantly a North American English term (I.e. both U.S. American and Canadian), but I am wondering how far it has...
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