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comment How did the “double consonant to shorten vowel” thing come about? (“furry” vs. “fury”)
Thanks. The Middle English "furre" was pronounced [f'urÉ™], right? So back then it had the same vowel as "furie". And the vowel divergence occured some time after that. What's interesting is, why did this divergence follow a regular pattern in so many words. E.g "stakes/stacks". It's everywhere in English.
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comment Through a Glass, Clearly / A Scanner Darkly / In a Mirror, Darkly / etc
@Claudiu: I'd say it's just a case of the general biblic way of phrasing things strangely. Just look at en.wikisource.org/wiki/Bible_(King_James)/… - the "through a glass, darkly" doesn't stand out as being more uncommon than the rest of the text. I guess it's the combination of being 400yr old and being intentionally poetic.
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comment How to determine the English structural validity of a domain name
@Nathan: it did look pretty clever, which attracted a lot of us geeks to the site quickly. Also anything to differentiate your brand is usually good, as long as it's not too hard to remember. Same reason Flickr dropped the 'e'. Del.icio.us was a bit too hard to remember, though, so they set up a "delicious.com" redirect and eventually rebranded the site.
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asked Why did only English undergo the Great Vowel Shift, making pronunciation stray so far from spelling?
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comment “__ like so much fine china” phrase
Hm, so basically the "so much" part can be dropped and it'll mean the same. Thought so.