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fern hill

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« on: September 17, 2006, 06:41:03 PM »
I noticed on TAT just now the word 'flair'. Flare/flair is a pair (ooo, poetry) I have to look up. Will not stick in my head. Others I have to think about. Alternate and alternative, for example.

What do you have to look up?

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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2006, 06:10:17 AM »
Just yesterday I kept spelling "sheriff" as "sherrif" -- I did have to search for that.

I often have to stop and run usage examples of difficult pairs through my mind fast before I'm sure which it is I want -- flaunt and flout, eg, or precipitate and precipitous, classic and classical.

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2006, 12:49:38 PM »
"richer than" or "more rich than" ?

Value-added or added-value ?


Arrr.  :piratepost

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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2006, 12:52:59 PM »
Amend.  I don't even know if I'm spelling that right now.

Therefor and therefore.  I always get it right, but then second guess myself.  

For that matter, I guess I shouldn't use therefor, and therefore substitute "for" therefor for "therefor".

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2006, 12:56:58 PM »
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Amend.  I don't even know if I'm spelling that right now.


If that's what you say at the end of a prayer, you're pronouncing it wrong too.  :wink:

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2006, 12:59:52 PM »
Eh, man?

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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2006, 01:09:49 PM »
Warning: thread drift alert.

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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2006, 01:13:02 PM »
oops... that should have been eh, men. At least that's how I hear it (that thing at the end of a prayer).

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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2006, 01:15:17 PM »
segue
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2006, 01:27:40 PM »
prepend(ed). pogge used it, and it sounds good, but I haven't the foggiest notion what it means.

Mind you, that was true of about 90 per cent of what he wrote in that post.   :wink:

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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2006, 01:30:16 PM »
Aha!

prepend: To attach to the beginning of data. For example, a header is "prepended" to a network packet. Although it sounds correct, prepend is not an English word. It was created to sound like the opposite of "append," which means to add to the end. The correct English word is "prefix;" for example, "the header is prefixed to the packet." See prefix.

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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2006, 01:50:53 PM »
I had to look up the meaning of "contiguous" yesterday. I found out that I'd been using it incorrectly continuously for the past 15 years.

Oh well, nothing knew.
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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2006, 01:52:31 PM »
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Oh well, nothing knew.


Lovely tpyo, Tommy.  :D

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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2007, 10:00:17 AM »
Found this today on my "forgotten English" calendar:

"axwaddle--a dealer in ashes; one that tumbles in them."  :shock: Went to check in the OED & it's not there, at least in my "compact" edition.  And with all the British lit I've read (& that's a lot), I've never seen it before. :shock:

Interesting for Ash Wednesday!

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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2008, 12:25:29 PM »
Empathic, or empathetic? Both are right? Or is one of them more better?

 

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