Jan. 25th, 2012

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Jan. 25th, 2012 01:55 pm
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English Pronunciation

Words I wasn't sure how to pronounce or pronounced incorrectly: Terpsichore, Balmoral, Melpomene, foeffer, victual. The first three are proper nouns and I had them almost right anyway (I'd've said Terp-sih-KORE-y). Foeffer I'd've pronounced "feefer", which is an acceptable alternative pronunciation and I admit, I've apparently been pronouncing "victuals" wrong in my head for the last 30 years. Didn't realise it was the same as "vittles".

I would, however, like to point out that some people do indeed pronounce "aunt" like "haunt" and that's not incorrect. Also, I pronounce "bury" to rhyme with "hurry" not "hairy" and that's not wrong either. Also, although it wasn't in this poem, I pronounce "sorry" like "sore-y" not "sawry". So sue me.

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Jan. 25th, 2012 02:06 pm
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Damn allergies are driving me nuts. It's really hard to concentrate on working when your eyes are itchy and watering, you're sneezing up a storm, and in between sneezes snot is threatening to drip everywhere.

I took a Claritin an hour ago and it doesn't seem to be working :-(

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Jan. 25th, 2012 03:20 pm
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Why is it that so many of the major ornithology journals take their titles from a single species or genus, despite not having any particular focus on that species or genus? The Auk, The Condor, The Ibis, The Emu. You don't see journals of mammalogy calling themselves "The Elephant" or journals of entomology calling themselves "The Beetle" unless they're actually focused on elephants or beetles.

Ornithologists are weird.

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