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Shakira

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #420 on: October 20, 2012, 12:24:04 PM »
Argh!! Darn you autocorrect!!!!
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Thipu1

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« Reply #421 on: October 21, 2012, 08:36:27 AM »
Now that the US Presidential election is coming up, I've been noticing something a little odd about the Electoral College.  Well, there's always something odd about that institution, but I digress.

I always thought that the pronunciation was 'e-LEC-tor-al'.  However, many newspeople are using 'e-lec-TOR-al'. 

Which pronunciation do you prefer? 

Diane AKA Traska

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #422 on: October 21, 2012, 08:50:29 AM »
I have only ever heard it (news, conversation, school) with the accent on the third syllable.
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Pioneer

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #423 on: October 22, 2012, 08:34:55 AM »
Electoral

I can appreciate both e-LEC-tor-al and e-lec-TOR-al.  However, e-lec-tor-EEE-al makes me quite stabby.
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Thipu1

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« Reply #424 on: October 22, 2012, 10:40:53 AM »
Electoral

I can appreciate both e-LEC-tor-al and e-lec-TOR-al.  However, e-lec-tor-EEE-al makes me quite stabby.

I'm thankful I haven't heard that one....yet.  Tat's almost as bad as 'chimbly' for the brick thing on top of a house. 

Mental Magpie

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« Reply #425 on: October 24, 2012, 09:49:40 PM »
I Heard 2 today that set my teeth on edge:

"Sim-yoo-larities" and "Fedral".

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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #426 on: October 25, 2012, 02:38:50 AM »
Nucular?  >:D

I know this is cultural, but in Australia we used to say someone had two operations, rather than two surgeries. The surgery is the place where you are operated upon. But more and more I hear the American usage creeping in.

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Mental Magpie

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« Reply #427 on: October 25, 2012, 01:39:09 PM »
Nucular?  >:D

I know this is cultural, but in Australia we used to say someone had two operations, rather than two surgeries. The surgery is the place where you are operated upon. But more and more I hear the American usage creeping in.

You can also have surgery in the operating room here (often referred to as the OR).

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« Reply #428 on: October 25, 2012, 04:52:44 PM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

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« Reply #429 on: October 25, 2012, 05:33:13 PM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

No, the theater is where you go to watch movies.  :D
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« Reply #430 on: October 26, 2012, 12:30:33 AM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices
Yes you are quite correct.

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« Reply #431 on: October 26, 2012, 12:50:45 AM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

No, the theater is where you go to watch movies.  :D

No, no, no.  The theater is a particular portion of a multi-faceted war.  For example:  My grandfather was stationed in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
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Diane AKA Traska

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« Reply #432 on: October 26, 2012, 01:34:38 AM »
Can I just say this is the most fun forum game I've ever been in?
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« Reply #433 on: October 26, 2012, 01:37:52 AM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

No, the theater is where you go to watch movies.  :D

No, the theatre is where you go to see live plays.  The cinema is where you go to watch films.

Ah, the joys of a common language.
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« Reply #434 on: October 26, 2012, 07:16:32 AM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

No, the theater is where you go to watch movies.  :D

No, the theatre is where you go to see live plays.  The cinema is where you go to watch films.

Ah, the joys of a common language.

No, you go to the cinema to watch movies.  You pick up your films from the photo lab.