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May
24
comment Why is the “ph” pronounced like a “v” in “Stephen”? Is this the only word like that?
A few words like <i>scarf/scarves</i> got into the language after the sound-change had run its course, and picked up the f/v alternation by analogy with older words
Feb
21
comment Meaning - lawin'
I'd add a nuance: it's a family where the members tend to think like lawyers, pretty much as laid out above. I've applied the expression (derived from the book) to my own family often enough, though only my father was actually a lawyer, and he wasn't in practice -- he taught law.
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comment Why is “busy” pronounced “bizzy”?
You're right, but <i>met</i> doesn't have an OE ancestor with <i>y</i>. But I added a parenthetical explanation.
Jul
23
revised Why is “busy” pronounced “bizzy”?
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Jul
23
comment Why do we use the word “thereof”?
"Its" and "of it" are semantic equivalents.
Jun
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Feb
9
answered Where do the words for daughter, son, aunt, uncle, mother, father, cousin, nephew, niece come from?
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answered Why do we use the word “thereof”?
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answered Why is “busy” pronounced “bizzy”?
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May
7
answered “Well” as an introduction to an argument
May
7
comment What is a good word for a person who doesn't masturbate?
If you take "he" as the pronoun of choice, the word you want is "liar".