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Sep
2
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
@BillFranke, right, the lady was selling a ancient, mythical Greek muse. :roll: (Besides, even if I were talking about the proper noun, where do you think I got the IPA in the above question? Or maybe you think the name is pronounced cal-i-ope.)
Sep
2
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
@BillFranke, if someone has never seen “Bill” before and pronounced it as Bile or as Beel (i is pronounced as ee in many/most languages), it does not mean an attack, nor a speech impediment; they are just pronouncing it phonetically (just like I did with Penelope when I was a child). Either way, there is a correct pronunciation and there is nothing arrogant about that. Some words have multiple pronunciations, but this one does not. I checked several sites and they all listed just one; and you have not provided a source showing another. (Besides, I never said it was correct or incorrect.)
Sep
2
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
@BillFranke, if someone pronounced your name Bile, I doubt that you would accept it and not call it wrong.
Sep
2
comment Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
@tchrist, that’s what I thought, but then why would they keep pronouncing it like that after they heard head it pronounced correctly?
Sep
2
asked Regional pronunciation of “calliope”?
Aug
15
awarded  Fanatic
Jul
23
awarded  Caucus
Jul
22
revised An inoffensive word for “stupid”?
Added details.
Jul
9
comment An inoffensive word for “stupid”?
In English, "stupid" is considered much more insulting than "fool".
Jul
5
accepted Why does the 3rd-person of verbs that end in -y follow the rule for plural nouns instead of verbs?
Jul
2
comment An inoffensive word for “stupid”?
@W.N., also in regards to the classic fool in the form of a court-jester.
Jul
2
awarded  Teacher
Jul
2
comment Word for partner you are living with but not married to
Note, most jurisdictions often necessitate cohabitating for a certain amount of time (usually a few years) for a common-law marriage to have legal standing. Of course there’s nothing stopping people from using it informally.
Jul
2
suggested rejected edit on “Don't I know you” vs. “do I know you”
Jul
2
answered An inoffensive word for “stupid”?
Jun
24
comment Is there a symbol for “and/or”?
Yes, as a programmer, I am familiar with logical operators. I was wondering more about something that would be used in prose to avoid verbose sentences of the form one of this or that or this or that but not both.
Jun
24
revised What are the names of the pieces of a question mark?
Added title and author of text.
Jun
24
comment Is there a symbol for “and/or”?
> The virgule is used only when indicating a line break in an inline quotation. That may once have been, but today it is just a synonym for slash.
Jun
24
asked Is there a symbol for “and/or”?
Jun
24
suggested rejected edit on Why do we use '/' sign as a representation of 'or'?