Does pronunciation matter?

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Nolhekh

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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #30 on: February 08, 2011, 12:03:22 PM »
Sounds like he may have originated in the Philippines.

Nevertheless, his lectures were very difficult to follow.

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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #31 on: February 08, 2011, 12:45:31 PM »
English is a funny and confusing language.  I tried to explain to a co-worker speaks english as a second language how to tell the difference between the word "live", and the word "live".  Two separate words, spelled the same, yet pronounced differently.  For example:

1.  I'm sorry, you only have about 6 months to live.

2.  Live from New York it's Saturday Night!

Confused the hell out of him.

Which brings us to  how to pronounce 'long-lived.'  Perhaps a majority pronounce it as if it stems form the verb but the stem is from the noun.  Even native speakers get confused.  ;D
I say it with the long 'i'. But then I don't say it often, and that is just my pronunciation of it rather than a knowledge of the root word.
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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #32 on: February 08, 2011, 02:41:13 PM »
Hmm...I suspect that it's a US/UK distinction. The only time I've heard it pronounced with a long i is in the film adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance, in which I believe it's rhymed with "contrived", but I never knew if this was poetic license at work or simply a British accent.
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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2011, 01:05:52 AM »
Well, since G+S rhyme

"In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy,"
With
"You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee..."

I think we can be confident that it's poetic license.

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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2011, 01:20:47 AM »
Well, since G+S rhyme

"In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy,"
With
"You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee..."

I think we can be confident that it's poetic license.

Haha, I love that lyric! Pirates of Penzance is my favorite musical by far, a genre I don't usually enjoy. But the lyric in question makes sense, technically. "Gee" isn't being mispronounced (it's just short for "gee-gee" which is slang for horse), but I agree that it's definitely a stretch and I understand the spirit of your argument.

However, I maintain the assertion that I've never heard short-"lighved" here in the states.
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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2011, 02:00:09 AM »
I just meant they stretched lyrics to fit quite often.

I've never seen any of ther plays from start to finish but I did once try to learn the Major General song, got to the point where he's blathering about Gerard Dowes and Zoffanies before my brain shut down!

I've never hearded Lie-ved before, either.

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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #36 on: February 09, 2011, 02:20:20 AM »
I just meant they stretched lyrics to fit quite often.

I've never seen any of ther plays from start to finish but I did once try to learn the Major General song, got to the point where he's blathering about Gerard Dowes and Zoffanies before my brain shut down!

I've never hearded Lie-ved before, either.

Wow! I just looked up the complete lyrics, that's crazy. The film version I'm referring to omits some stuff, including that part, but I still highly recommend it (the 1983 film, as opposed to the other stage productions released).
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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #37 on: February 09, 2011, 02:33:59 AM »
Favourite line is "In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous" it just flows off the tongue so nicely.

I shall have to have a look for that one, and a full version of HMS Pinafore.

Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #38 on: February 17, 2011, 07:53:48 PM »
Well, it depends on the word. Nulear and Nucular aren't really matters of concern but if someone wants to axe something, should you run or be prepared to answer questions?

I have actually had someone say "can I axe you something" that was a weird situation

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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #39 on: February 18, 2011, 06:24:50 PM »
Well, it depends on the word. Nulear and Nucular aren't really matters of concern but if someone wants to axe something, should you run or be prepared to answer questions?

I have actually had someone say "can I axe you something" that was a weird situation

why was that a weired situation?
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Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #40 on: February 18, 2011, 06:28:56 PM »
Quote from: President Barack Obama
Pot had helped
Get the fuck over it.

Re: Does pronunciation matter?
« Reply #41 on: February 20, 2011, 05:33:46 AM »
Well, it depends on the word. Nulear and Nucular aren't really matters of concern but if someone wants to axe something, should you run or be prepared to answer questions?

I have actually had someone say "can I axe you something" that was a weird situation

why was that a weired situation?

Generally having crazy looking people walking up to you on the street saying "can I axe you something" could be described as a weird situation