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    • Former MSE Rebecca
    • By Former MSE Rebecca 11th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
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    It's aitch not haitch
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    • 11th Nov 14, 11:48 AM
    It's aitch not haitch 11th Nov 14 at 11:48 AM
    Does it drive you up the wall when people 'literally' die laughing? Or how about those who give 110%?



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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 4th May 18, 12:04 PM
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    Pyxis
    Or sconne...
    Originally posted by JimmyTheWig
    .......but only if they were French sconnes!
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 4th May 18, 7:20 PM
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    Theoretically, a vowel separated from another vowel by just one consonant is pronounced long, so union = yoo-nion. Especially in short words.

    A double consonant shortens the vowel. If it were spelled unnion, it would be pronounced like onion.

    So you have, for example, pine but pinned, bone but bonnet, fuse but fussy.

    HOWEVER, there are loads of exceptions, usually due to the etymology of the word and the language it came from, and loads of other factors, so please don't throw several of those exceptions at me!

    Plus, American spellings often leave out one of the double consonants, in their quest to streamline words, which adds another complication.


    It's the main reason why I feel scone should be pronounced to rhyme with stone, otherwise I would spell it scon.
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    I wonder how my grandsons will learn reading/spelling with their pronunciations. I can still remember my wonderful Infants teacher explaining 'magic e'.

    I used to teach that a double consonant worked like a fence to keep the vowel sound squashed ie short.
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    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 4th May 18, 7:50 PM
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    I wonder how my grandsons will learn reading/spelling with their pronunciations. I can still remember my wonderful Infants teacher explaining 'magic e'.

    I used to teach that a double consonant worked like a fence to keep the vowel sound squashed ie short.
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    That's a good one!

    Hahahahahaha! 'One' is one hell of an exception!
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 6th May 18, 8:07 AM
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    That's a good one!

    Hahahahahaha! 'One' is one hell of an exception!
    Originally posted by Pyxis


    Hmmm, indeed. Now we need to make up a story to explain how O has a W sound!

    Pyxis, easier to use a capital rather than faff about with inverted commas.
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 31st May 18, 11:03 AM
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    That's a good one!

    Hahahahahaha! 'One' is one hell of an exception!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Like the French 'Oui'.

    Today I saw a sign outside a coffee shop which read "Nice and frothay".
    It was outside the Black Country, or I would have 'excused' it!

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric
    • Boredatwrork
    • By Boredatwrork 28th Jun 18, 11:39 AM
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    "it's always in the last place you look"


    Of course it is, who keeps looking afterwards for christsake!
    WRORK is an acronym for the company I used to work for...for the 10th time ..and relax.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Jul 18, 12:36 PM
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    How did I forget to post this on Wednesday?


    There is an excellent cheese stall on our market. It has moved so now its signs are obvious:

    Our cheese's are all local

    And:

    Our pies's are all local.

    Yea, gods. And they will have paid someone a good sum to make those banners.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Jul 18, 9:43 PM
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    Pies's.


    That's a new one.




    (Cry? Laugh? Laugh? Cry? Don't know which to do!)


    And I'm surprised they didn't have one that said chee'se.
    Oh, don't let's stint......have chee'se's ........you know you want to!



    (Pyxis ends up a gibbering apostrophic wreck! )
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 8th Jul 18, 9:46 PM
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    I recently saw a drawer in a clinic labelled 'Couch Roles'.


    I didn't like to ask what roles are played on the couch..
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 9th Jul 18, 8:49 AM
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    Pies's.


    That's a new one.




    (Cry? Laugh? Laugh? Cry? Don't know which to do!)


    And I'm surprised they didn't have one that said chee'se.
    Oh, don't let's stint......have chee'se's ........you know you want to!


    (Pyxis ends up a gibbering apostrophic wreck! )
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Well, I stood there pointing and gibberish, with an embarrassed spouse snarling at me to shut up and leave!
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    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 9th Jul 18, 3:17 PM
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    I bought a bottle of ginger beer last week, the label stated it contained a "literal mountain of Chinese root ginger ".

    I was very impressed they managed to squeeze a mountain into a 330ml bottle.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Jul 18, 4:31 PM
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    I bought a bottle of ginger beer last week, the label stated it contained a "literal mountain of Chinese root ginger ".

    I was very impressed they managed to squeeze a mountain into a 330ml bottle.
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    It might have been just a little mountain - you know, the size of Snaefell or summat!

    Either that, or they had sent it through a black hole to be suitably compressed!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Jul 18, 11:40 PM
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    I bought a bottle of ginger beer last week, the label stated it contained a "literal mountain of Chinese root ginger ".

    I was very impressed they managed to squeeze a mountain into a 330ml bottle.
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    Well there are Bonsai trees, so why not Bonsai Ginger Mountains?
    Size doesn't matter ......

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Jul 18, 7:49 PM
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    Pinched from another thread. (Courtesy of Sleazy).






    No apostrophe, and no comma.
    Last edited by Pyxis; 13-07-2018 at 9:17 PM. Reason: Wrong person acknowledged!
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th Jul 18, 9:14 PM
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    Pinched from another thread. (Courtesy of Joansgirl).



    No apostrophe, and no comma.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Ahem!
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=74525684

    Just joking, I don't care really ...

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Jul 18, 9:18 PM
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    Ahem!
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=74525684

    Just joking, I don't care really ...
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Sorry, Sleazy! I obviously need Specsavers, too!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 14th Jul 18, 8:28 AM
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    Well, I did used to tell kids 'If in doubt, leave out.'

    My fault?
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    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 14th Jul 18, 10:25 AM
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    Well, I did used to tell kids 'If in doubt, leave out.'

    My fault?
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    Now I'm confused. Did used or did use?

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 26th Jul 18, 6:11 AM
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    Hurray!

    I just heard a presenter on the TV news use an adverb!

    He said: "What are we doing wrongly?"

    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 26th Jul 18, 6:21 AM
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    Hurray!

    I just heard a presenter on the TV news use an adverb!

    He said: "What are we doing wrongly?"

    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Maybe he should receive a final of 50 pounds!

    I'd rather be eccentric than egocentric
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