No, Baden Eunson, english is not vulnerable in Straya

No, Baden Eunson, English is not vunerable in Straya


It’s that old conservative chestnut. We’ve lost our way. We’re falling into an amoral, amorphous, or—in the case of linguistic conservatism—ungrammatical purgatory. But fear not! Redemption is at hand! Just some simple alterations to your accent, to reflect centuries-outdated pronunciation preserved in an obscure, inefficient orthography, and you’ll be saved! Continue reading

Words we can’t pronounce

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Words we can’t pronounce
Gayle Bryant
Published: April 17, 2014 – 10:58AM

Have you ever been asked to be more “pacific”? Or been told something was for “all intensive purposes”? Perhaps you’re regularly instructed to go to the “parts and assessories” department to pick up stock. Continue reading

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today
Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don’t worry, it could be the start of something beautiful

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Not a nadder any more. Photograph: Natural England/PA
Someone I know tells a story about a very senior academic giving a speech. Students shouldn’t worry too much, she says, if their plans “go oar-y” after graduation. Confused glances are exchanged across the hall. Slowly the penny drops: the professor has been pronouncing “awry” wrong all through her long, glittering career. Continue reading