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Nov
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accepted Origin of idiom “wearing the < role > hat?”
Nov
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asked Origin of idiom “wearing the < role > hat?”
Nov
4
comment What rules of English allow the first t in “patient” to make an sh sound?
Here is a phrase from fred.bear's post that may help us with the question in the original post: Many of the quirky spellings come from the pronunciations of the French, German, Latin, Gaelic, etc. According to Google Translate, patient is spelled the same in English, French, and German but pronounced pa.sjɑ̃ in French and paˈtsi̯ɛnt in German. Could the English ’peɪʃənt be a transition from German to French?
Nov
4
accepted What phrase is “o'clock” contracting?
Nov
4
comment What phrase is “o'clock” contracting?
Colin Fine is correct, according to Wikipedia.
Nov
2
comment What phrase is “o'clock” contracting?
Thanks! I found this among many links explaining the o'clock contraction.
Nov
2
asked What phrase is “o'clock” contracting?
Nov
1
comment The times they are a-changin'
Also, are there any Frisian speakers that can give us examples in language?
Nov
1
comment The times they are a-changin'
I guess I must reply that I have also heard that song before :) cindi, do you have more common examples?
Nov
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accepted The times they are a-changin'
Nov
1
comment The times they are a-changin'
Great examples. I missed the example from the Australian folk song Waltzing Matilda. I learned about that song in 7th grade here in the U.S.
Nov
1
revised The times they are a-changin'
grammar
Nov
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asked The times they are a-changin'
Oct
29
awarded  Autobiographer
Oct
29
comment “A tax is a tax is a tax.” What does this sentence mean?
Just out of curiosity, what was the text book about?
Oct
29
accepted The X in the hat
Oct
29
accepted Singular of “vertices”
Oct
29
accepted Why is “will not” contracted as “won't”?
Oct
29
comment Why is “will not” contracted as “won't”?
Thanks. I just flagged it as a duplicate.
Oct
29
asked Why is “will not” contracted as “won't”?