Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dangerous Game

Criticising anyone for language or their writing and spelling leaves you wide open for attack. You really have to be perfect yourself, and I have yet to come across such a blogger least of all myself. I am not sure if I have posted with words missing everywhere. I like to proof read my blog posts at least once, and at times I am astonished at how I leave out words.

But let me tell you of some incidents. The Jewish diaspora. Heard (example of word omission, I left out the the) word diaspora? Know what it means? Know how to pronounce it? I do and it pained me to hear someone in the street pronounce it deeas PORA.

Then just last night on the terrific ABC TV show Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds I heard an otherwise well spoken woman say seDENTree rather than SEDentary. I've already lost hope with SECretry, it now being SECreETARY.

Silly old man that I am to bother about such things. I really only judge when people are professional speakers or writers.

We were out last night until the late hour of 9.30. Our friend from Malaysia Manny is in town and we, along with our Fijian Indian friend, met up with for dinner at the hideously depressing Crown Casino. We had a really nice meal at the Italian Gradi at Crown. I chose from the menu modestly, but allowed myself some vinaigrette oysters at a monstrous price.

I chipped Manny for not coming to Melbourne for the funeral of our friend, the partner of our Fijian Indian friend. Manny was is Shanghai on business at the time.

Yes, we'll (we'll, not we) have a bottle of that Chablis. Very nice. We'll try a bottle of the other Chablis. The conversation flowed like fruit and wine. I trusted Manny to not spend too much on our behalf, but when the bill came, he said he would pay. So kind Manny, thinking the bill would be over $100. I didn't see it but R told me the bill was $400, the wine being about $120 a bottle, Italian I believe.

It was great to see Manny. He has back problems and has put on weight but he is still quite attractive. He has delayed his departure from Australia to pick up the newest iPhone. With his back problem, he now flies business class. With our ageing problems, that is what we will do.

Absolutely free day today, at last. What shall we do?

30 comments:

  1. 'What shall we do?' Enjoy your free day to the max I hope.
    And yes, I plead guilty to being annoyed by professionals who misuse/mispell words and phrases (knowing that I do the same).

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    1. EC, and we did. You nor I are paid wordsmiths.

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  2. I think on your free day do what makes you happy.
    I really like your description of Crown Casino, I have been to the Sydney casino and it too was hideously depressing.

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    1. Cheryl, our casino has nothing on Sydney's even more hideously depressing casino. Oh my, is it god awful.

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  3. We always watch "Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds" as well. Old age is full of pain, loss and physical limitations, but interaction with the children changed everything. Saying goodbye next week will be very sad.

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    1. Hels, wasn't it just lovely to see and yes, the goodbyes will be sad.

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  4. I've seen the word diaspora in print, but never heard it spoken so don't know how to pronounce it. Don't know what it means either, since it isn't in any of my dictionaries. With other words like secretary and sedentary etc, the pronunciation probably depends a lot on what you heard growing up.

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    1. River, dee, ass, PORa. So if you don't know how to pronounce, you wouldn't, would you. Strange that it is not in dictionaries, but it is a word I have only learnt in the last ten years. I suggest pronunciation comes more now from American tv, movies and music.

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    2. But what does it mean?

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  5. Oh my writing, I am forever leaving out a word, my brain is wired that way. The more I write, the better my writing, but still. This bothered me, until I started reading documents coming out of the "White House" (President's Office) those documents have the same kinds of errors. Pronunciation - my English grandmother had high standards - that I try to carry on.

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    1. Travel, very interesting about docs coming from the White House. I've never noticed. You are American but do you pronounce some words as English would?

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  6. Oh my a free day..the possibilities are limitless Andrew, I do hope we hear all about it tomorrow 😉 Yikes that was quite a hefty dinner bill!

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    1. Grace, very little achieved on the free day, but that is ok.

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  7. I've also been watching "old people's home for 4 year olds", what a great program. I also read my posts before pressing publish but sometimes months later if I happen to be looking for a post and read it, I usually find something I could have written better. I'm usually quite good at spelling and my pet peeve is that a lot of people don't seem to know the difference between "their" and "there". I've even seen it in a newspaper article! I almost wrote to them, lol. Enjoy your free day.

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    1. Sami, given English is not your first language, you are amazingly well written.

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  8. Interesting word diaspora. I am overly familiar with it having written for the Irish diaspora in an Emigrant Magazine for years and years. I always pronounced it Die-Ass-purrah. So there.

    I'm a bit of a grammar nazi myself but when I make bloopers I win first prize.

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    1. WWW, your pronunciation of the word sounds correct, as I would expect.

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    2. That's how I would have said it.

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  9. It get on my nerves if somebody says that he speaks 5 languages and then he can hardly speak his mothertongue !
    BTW Chablis is a French wine and indeed quite expensive !

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    1. Gattina, I remember chablis from years ago when you could buy it in a two litre bottle and it was rough. Agree, people need to be good at their native language.

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  10. I've only known one person in my life who could truly speak 6 different languages smoothly. He also wrote and read in them too. Amazing! I can hardly do English justice!
    I have tried to proofread my blog entries, And I now use Grammarly. I am just not that good. Grammarly is a tremendous help!

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    1. Maribeth, I've seen ads for Grammarly and wondered about it.

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  11. I believe Wisewebwoman is correct about die-ASS-purrah being the proper pronunciation. That's the one that is online in any case. There is also a great difference between British and Canadian pronunciation of many words (such as sedentary and secretary) which is odd because we continue to spell our words in the British way with all those extra "u"'s and "z"'s instead of "s"'s!

    I try to proofread everything I write because I'm making more and more mistakes as the years go by. It is sad to see my mom, who was an English teacher and grammar expert, start to make spelling and grammar errors as her cognitive skills decrease. I fear going the same direction.

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    1. Jenny, that is a bit odd about same spelling but different pronunciations, but then we have that here too with some words. That does sound sad about your mother, but you must have twenty years or more before you face that possibility.

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    2. It's the British that uses "S's", the USA has the "Z's", I don't know about Canada.

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    3. River, it seems Canada is rather like us with spelling, but not necessarily pronunciation.

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  12. I hope you enjoyed your Chab-lee, Andrew...not Chab-lis or Kardonnay! :)

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    1. Lee, Colombard Kardonnay is what I drink at home. Two waiters pronounced the wine as Chab-lis. One was Turkish born as Manny asked him. I think Manny liked him. I do know my Chablis from my Kardonnay.

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  13. I can't be critical of writing errors. Not now. When mostly I guess at what I'm writing online, that it comes out right from my fingers. I can't see worth beans, and always am losing my reading glasses, or breaking them. I need to find the money to get glasses again, but they're expensive, for the exam and then the glasses themselves. And I'll probably lose or break them. Oh how I lust after that laser surgery. No glasses to lose or break.

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    1. Strayer, I can't say I have noticed mistakes with your writing, lost or broken glasses notwithstanding.

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