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February 1, 2008

I can’t take it any more!

Filed under: Our Languages,Peeves — Porcupyn @ 9:14 am

Can’t take what? The famous unquote, of course! What is it supposed to mean?

If you start with quote, and end with unquote, does the quote stand, or have you taken it back?

January 25, 2008

Counting in … Kannada?

Filed under: Our Languages — Porcupyn @ 10:09 pm

A mother is reading a bed time story to a little one about a brush that fairies lost at sea. Three mermaids find it. So, the father tries to get little one to count in her mother tongue …

Father (in best Kanglish possible): yeshtu mermaids? vondu … yeraDu …
Little one (loudly): cinco!!!!

Free vocabulary (and rice)

Filed under: Our Languages — Porcupyn @ 9:16 am

Got this link from my sibling, and donated 260 grains of rice (reached vocab level 43 in that one try – don’t know how good or bad that is, but at least it gives you a bench mark to compete against 🙂 ) .

Looks like you can try as many times as you want and so, if you have a kiddo you want to vocabularize (that’s a new word I coined), this is your chance!

Tried it several times, and that first try has been my best one yet. Learned something new. An example, did you realize that diametrically opposite is a tautological term? Apparently diametric means completely opposed. No wonder I got it wrong – I selected round.

Update: I really like this site. What it has that sets it apart from other click-here-to-feed-a-hungry-mouth sites is the side effect of education. To paraphrase the FAQ, there are 50 levels, and it is apparently very difficult to exceed Level 48.

For the competition 😉 : I have oscillated/ranged from level 36 to level 47 (yes, I touched 47 – I was on a roll).

All said and done, the most appealing aspect of this site is that the rice donations are totally independent of the level. Even kiddo can range from levels 1-3 and still donate 20 grains of rice per correctly clicked word. And yeah, I’ve almost gotten to 5,000 grains (and counting 🙂 ), and he is nearing 2,000.

Update #2: Never knew about these Yahoo awards. There are some good web sites.

September 26, 2007

A Chainmail …

Filed under: Our Languages — Porcupyn @ 3:04 pm

… this might land in an e-mail box near you. 🙂

Just for grins, I tried reading aloud the following passage; after the first few lines, got a word that I pronounced reasonably, then got one that I am sure I missed, then when I got a third one that I was not really sure of, to keep my wits around me, I had to abandon the rest.

My twisted tongue is now in hiding and refuses to come out. 😉

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be
speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the
world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six
months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Try them yourself.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’ s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

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