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Aug
25
awarded  Autobiographer
Jun
10
comment A single word that means “mental reaction speed”?
You can always make a word up, right? Or just use "quickness."
Apr
2
comment Morrow vs. Tomorrow
@tchrist isn't "reduplication" a reduplication?
Apr
2
comment Morrow vs. Tomorrow
@tchrist it is even more interesting, perhaps, when you reduce smoothing. At 0, it appears that another crossing point is about to occur.
Mar
2
comment Is there a suitable antonym for 'Achilles heel'?
Achilles' helmet? Achilles' greaves? Achilles' breastplate?
Aug
27
awarded  Scholar
Aug
27
accepted How Many Diphthongs Are There In English?
Aug
15
answered Why is “guinea pig” used as the colloquial term for test subjects?
Apr
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awarded  Commentator
Apr
18
comment Personal pronoun - Using 'it' when introducing a person
Paula Poundstone has no gender.
Feb
13
comment Does the word “master” denote masculinity?
What about the Latina dictionary?
Aug
26
comment Word for “of or relating to God”
+1 I was going to say "godly" also.
Feb
27
awarded  Famous Question
Oct
3
comment How Many Diphthongs Are There In English?
@NeilCoffey I told her I studied phonetics, and she said, "phonics, phonetics, same thing. What's the difference?" I guess you just can't ever be right with some people.
Oct
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awarded  Notable Question
Aug
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awarded  Popular Question
May
25
comment How Many Diphthongs Are There In English?
@Daniel δ The constant vowel you describe is one I associate with German (e.g. "zehn" - the number 10). I don't think I've ever heard an American pronounce it. I think Scottish and Irish have more commonalities with Germanic languages and often use constant vowels where we use diphthongs. The same goes for toe/tone, and do/doom. There is no difference in the way I pronounce them except an added consonant. "Mail" is also exactly like "may" + "l" except perhaps an added schwa between.
May
24
comment Is “penultimate” commonly used?
I think current usage of "penultimate" is limited to laudatory descriptions of the activities of American actor Sean Penn, in which case it is often spelled "Pennultimate".
May
24
awarded  Supporter
May
24
comment How Many Diphthongs Are There In English?
@Daniel δ I'm surprised you don't pronounce a diphthong in "same". Your profile says your from Pennsylvania. I would have guessed you might be from Scotland or Ireland. I have a friend from Lancaster and his pronunciation doesn't differ significantly from mine. I have to wonder if you're just not hearing the diphthong, as a lot of Americans have a hard time with perceiving diphthongs at all (including the person I describe in my question, actually, who didn't hear the letter "i" as a diphthong).