I suppose I should mention some other interesting conventional fallacies of this sort -- ones that I've been made aware of. For example people conventionally say "err" ("he erred on the side of caution," so the hackneyed phrase goes) such that it rhymes with "fair." But properly it should be expressed such that it rhymes with "fur" (..."he _aired_ on the side of caution"?? Now when you think about it, that does sound fucked up).

Others: grimace: griMACE
impious: IMpeeous

Posted by: Robert Light at March 11, 2003 11:11 PM

My dictionary says both are acceptible. Where's my red pen?

Robert, I really hope, for the sake of consistency, that you pronounce kilometers KILL-o-meters rather than kill-AH-mitters. Not that I'm all hung up on consistency where it concerns an already horribly inconsistent language.

Posted by: David Perron at March 12, 2003 07:45 AM

Yes, English is a very inconsistent language. But why not make for consistency where it makes sense? Pedantic points, all of this. But these little things about language are interesting nonetheless.


Posted by: Robert Light at March 12, 2003 12:03 PM

Finally found some authentic contribution to make--actually your sister's most prestigious piano teachers all said piANist and I learned very quickly not to buck the trend. Ah, the memory is a treacherous beast.

Posted by: mom at March 12, 2003 04:05 PM

Good point, Robert. Where there's an option, opt for consistency. Fortunately, my dictionary has "kilometer" with both pronunciations (as opposed to just the inconsistent one) so off I go to change the world for the better, one word at a time!

I'm not being snide. Sometimes my tongue-in-cheek comes off as snide. I haven't been able to overcome this, so far.

Posted by: David Perron at March 13, 2003 07:29 AM
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