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Old 07-07-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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My brother, totally not clued into today's styles, is an instructor at a college. He mentioned something to his class about wearing thongs to the beach. His class cracked up - he had no clue that most youngsters know them as a revealing bathing suit rather than flip flops. :-)
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:19 PM
 
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Reminds me of when the naive teenage singer Loretta Lynn's older husband told her that the word "horny" simply meant "happy." The next day, they both walked into a live broadcasting studio in the Appalachian Bible-Belt and she proceeded to tell the radio audience, repeatedly, that she was "horny - real horny" - which caused panic. This true story, was recreated in the biographical movie "Coal Miner's Daughter."
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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You're welcome. I had to look it up when you posted to make sure I hadn't been saying it wrong all this time!
I didn't post that. Someone else did. Their post threw me off. Yours set me straight.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:17 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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My brother, totally not clued into today's styles, is an instructor at a college. He mentioned something to his class about wearing thongs to the beach. His class cracked up - he had no clue that most youngsters know them as a revealing bathing suit rather than flip flops. :-)
I still call them (the ultra-casual, between-the-toe, usually buouyantly synthetic sandals) 'thongs'! I can imagine the confusion if a 'thongs'-meaning-'shoes'-user referred to a single person wearing 'thongs,' and a response along the lines of: "They were wearing more than one thong? Like, layered or something? Doesn't that kind of miss the point?"
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Old 07-09-2011, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I do volunteer work narrating books for the blind. I have been an avid reader for many years but although I see a word and know its meaning I may not have heard it in conversations with others. I spent twenty years in the trucking business and another ten working in corrections and the vocabulary you pick up on the job in those professions is not always acceptable in "polite" society. Several words that I have had trouble with in my narrating are: Calvary-cavalry, escape, undulating (has anyone ever actually used the word in a conversation?), conjugate-conjunctive, Aluminum (Dad always said Al-U-minnyum and it stuck), Magnesium-Manganese, . . . there are many others that I can't recall right now. When I read a book now and I see a word that I have never heard in a conversation I look it up to see how it is really pronounced.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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I had been saying, "I could care less..." when I should have said "I couldn't care less..." Incidentally, someone on this forum showed me the error of my ways. I blame it on English being my second language
Oh no....umm....that's what I say...
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:23 AM
 
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"I could care less" isn't wrong...it just may not be what you mean to say. You can always cover yourself by adding " -- but not by much!" at the end. You'll be thought very clever for it.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:49 AM
 
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"AluMINIum" I think is the British pronounciation. Just like "Leftenant"- "LaBORatory" - "Seckatree" - "Shedule" - "GAA-rage" and some other words that differ from USA.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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"AluMINIum" I think is the British pronounciation. Just like "Leftenant"- "LaBORatory" - "Seckatree" - "Shedule" - "GAA-rage" and some other words that differ from USA.
I don't mind hearing Americans use these pronunciations, but they must do so in an affected British accent.
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I don't mind hearing Americans use these pronunciations, but they must do so in an affected British accent.
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My Dad has been gone for many years so I can't ask him where he learned to pronounce Alu-min-e um but he would get a big hoot out of being mistaken for a hoity toity Brit. He probably picked it up from a Ma & Pa Kettle movie.

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