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revised Would you say “quote/end quote”?
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comment Is it true that the English have many words for hill?
+1 for quoting Trask's book. I was vaguely reminded of that too when reading the question (or well, a very similar passage in his other book Language: The Basics).
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accepted Shorter way to say “split [user story] into tasks”
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revised Hardest tongue twister seen
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comment “Football” and “Soccer”
@bev, I think it's usually called just that, "American football" (e.g. in Finnish "amerikkalainen jalkapallo" vs. just "jalkapallo"). Btw, I wouldn't be so sure about very popular... :-)
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comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
I don't get it; “uf-old”? E.g. Wiktionary says threshold is pronounced /ˈθɹɛʃhəʊld/, just like I thought it would be.
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revised What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
add IPA for the correct pronunciation
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comment Place of “often” in the sentence
Sure; but with these phrases, looking at the results, I'm fairly sure it's not "random": both are used a lot, and the "wrong" option probably more than the other. And that was just one example, in search of a better authority to quote (other than just my "ear" or intuition). :)
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answered Place of “often” in the sentence
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comment Word meaning coincidence of reference to the unusual
Great question. I've run into this phenomenon from time to time, and would love to know a word for it. Welcome to the site!
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comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
When visiting London last summer, I was surprised to learn Tottenham is actually pronounced with two syllables, something like Tott'num.
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comment “Favorite” vs. “favourite”
+1. For further reading, see American and British English spelling differences on Wikipedia.
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comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
Oh, and check out this too; a nice Youtube clip with Linus saying both his name and Linux.
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comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
As a reference, here's the classic linux.au clip: "I'm Linus Torvalds and I pronounce Linux as /ˈlɪnəks/."
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revised Which is the correct spelling: “grey” or “gray”?
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comment Shorter way to say “split [user story] into tasks”
@res, @RegDwight, what do you think about "Let's task it out", as suggested by Ted Ballou? (Is having "out" in the phrase sufficient to remove confusion with the other meaning of "task" as a verb?)
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comment Shorter way to say “split [user story] into tasks”
Hmm, then again, in scrum, the team is collectively responsible for getting the whole user story done, whatever it takes (the team can basically self-organise in any way to that end). So there doesn't have to be one responsible person for each task. (Often there is, but "ownership" of individual tasks is not of central importance in any case.) But this gets quite off-topic here. :-)