On the line of Internal language unawareness, I found a word that has “th”, but not a [θ] sound.
I am thinking of a word, universally admitted to be English, that has the letters S and H together, but which is never pronounced as if it contains the [ʃ] phoneme.
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After some very minor celebrity on the former corners of the Internet, the TURDS!! file is updated with a transcription of a letter from the “Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency”. They were hired to, it seems, find out who wrote it. Details below, but scanning and posting came from this officiel blog. By the Way: if you care to scan those other “terrific examples” of these kinds of things, I would appreciate it.
I invented this word! Or independently reinvented it. I’m sure someone else has already thought of it, and probably used it as a band name.
Anyway, this was a late night thought and I’ve had 10 000 of those escape from me recently, so I thought I would make a large feeling effort, and post this.
From the April 2, 1899 edition of the New York Times, we get an article about “nasology”.
Every one is familiar with the change in meaning that the word “gay” has undergone over the years. This leads to amusingly sexualized phrases like “to have a gay time”.
Here is another one of those silly word games that only Time (not the magazine, this was from the Literary Digest) can play.
While looking up old YA literature on HathiTrust, I ran across this, which is the voter roll for the Bronx in 1903.
It is what it is at first glance really, a tedious enumeration of voters, addresses and parties, useful only for genealogy. And noting that the United States did once have parties like “Social Democrat” and “Socialist Labor” (and the occasional “Prohibition”).
Then you turn up:
I have no idea what Charles H. Douglas’s party registration is. There wasn’t, that I’m aware of, a “defective” party. If his registration was bad, wouldn’t they just reject it? Was this the 1903 version of “show ID at polling place”? Persons with mental limitations (“mental defectives”) were forbidden to vote, so I doubt it is that.
If anyone knows anything about this, please post a comment here.
MLA is the Modern Language Association, and they are responsible for the MLA style of citations used in some research papers, in opposition to the APA, IEEE and others. I shouldn’t really say opposition to, since they all have the same goal in the end.
Anyway, some amusements I have found are:
- The now changed Purdue OWL example of an anonymous publication citation: “Wordsworth is a Loser 100”.
- The ACW style sheet, that I swear was partially adapted into MLA. Examples can be seen here. For some reason I remembered “pine_guest” for maybe 15 years since I first had to work on MLA papers in English 101 and had a handbook for citing MLA style.
- I cannot find it now with some cursory searches, but there was an example text about motion picture censorship that I think was lifted from someone’s research paper, about how licensing fees by governments (towns and villages) were used to control films.
Anyone have anything else like this?
For all English language speakers:
- What do you call the organized group of people who maintain and use equipment to put out unwanted and dangerous fires?
- What do you call the building housing the equipment used by them?
- Any reason(s) why you use those terms?
Reply with your answers please.