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Discussion Topic  RE: Tom Lehrer (in Wordplay) by Richard English
I just can't imagine why that one so stuck in my memory! Richard English...
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Discussion Topic  RE: Tom Lehrer (in Wordplay) by Richard English
It's nearly half a century since my worldly wise friend Paul (or maybe not so worldly wise since I s......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Have a nice voyage, Cheese! (in Wordplay) by Richard English
"Bon voyage, fromage" is, of course, French. Richard English...
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Discussion Topic  RE: Come ride with me (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
This is a misconception. The situation you describe has given rise to the rarely heard term, "hoars......
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Discussion Topic  RE: You say "Horse," I say "po-TAH-to." (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
As I wrote previously, there are many different ways of pronouncing words. Homonyms are only homonym......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Come ride with me (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
Yes. And the analogy goes further. One drives a carriage and pair or other horsedrawn vehicle. Inde......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Tom Lehrer (in Wordplay) by Richard English
I didn't say non-existent, I said rare. And I stick to my guns about that. Tom Lehrer used some very......
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Discussion Topic  RE: You say "Horse," I say "po-TAH-to." (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
Many. Paw, pore, poor and pour - for example. Richard English...
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Discussion Topic  RE: I'm a literalist... (in Potpourri) by Richard English
Simply to be awkward I ferquently treat teenage slang expressions literally. The current favourite,......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Oxymorons (in Wordplay) by Richard English
It was, in fat, rare for Tom Lehrer to try to force a rhyme. Most of his lyrics scan and rhyme perfe......
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Discussion Topic  RE: AEIOU (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
As CJ says, there are regional differences in pronuciation, even in so small a country as England. ......
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Discussion Topic  RE: AEIOU (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
Kalleh. You might not say "I" exactly as I have written it. But you do say "I" in a different way fr......
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Discussion Topic  RE: By the numbers (in Wordplay) by Richard English
Yes, I have ridden a trike of probably the most precarious type. I used to have a 1935 Rudge Special......
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Discussion Topic  RE: AEIOU (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
Quote: "Bob just had me all settled down about why bright had a diphthong; you say a diphthong does......
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Discussion Topic  RE: By the numbers (in Wordplay) by Richard English
The expression "quadricycle" (abbreviation "quad") is perfectly correct and this kind of vehicle was......
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Discussion Topic  RE: Cockney (in Potpourri) by Richard English
Cockney rhyming slang, like all living languages (in other words, unlike French!), is developing and......
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Discussion Topic  RE: The Celebrated Popping Sprog of Manitoba Provence (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
I have never heard the expression used in the UK in quite this way, although "sprog" is a common eno......
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Discussion Topic  RE: AEIOU (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
The "i" in fine is a dipthong since the word is (in UK English at least) pronounced rather like "fah......
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Discussion Topic  RE: "Proper Attire Required..." (in Questions & Answers about Words) by Richard English
I have ridden motorcycles ever since I was old enough so to do. When I went to Martha's Vineyard a f......
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Discussion Topic  Less and Fewer - a new slant in "The Times" (in The Written Word) by Richard English
An article recently appeared in The Times whose author was trying to make the point that the disctin......
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