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#126 2014-01-17 13:11:52

DavidTuggy
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Re: Things you read and understood but mispronounced in your mind

Just remembered another one of these from years ago, a sort of counterpart of the teatable paradise of post #95 of this topic. I pondered what particular scandalous behavior a malefactor was guilty of. It was a bit of a disappointment to realize that it was just generalized evil, and that there were no femalefactors.
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(A quick google reveals that there are many references, especially in writing about infertility, to both male factors and the female factors, but they swamp examples of the sort I tried to look for.)

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*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#127 2014-05-27 19:42:30

David Bird
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Re: Things you read and understood but mispronounced in your mind

DT, that reminds me of those who think there might be a femalestrom.

I was pleased to find that another word I mispronounced in my mind, back when I loved reading pirate stories: ague. I thought it rhymed with vague. Like a vague ache. Come to think of it, even earlier, I didn’t have a solid lock on the pronunciation of vague, thinking it rhymed with bag. And so now I stumble whenever I have to pronounce it in French, where it does, vaguely. I think.

I only learned that ague doesn’t rhyme with vague in rereading that poem, that’s be circulating for years, about the quirks of English pronunciation.

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#128 2014-05-27 23:19:35

DavidTuggy
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Re: Things you read and understood but mispronounced in your mind

That has an orthographical metathesis going on too. (All the hits on femaelstrom that I managed to look at were pretty clearly advertent.)


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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