Help with English

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Saint, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    on the lighter side:

    “O-U-G-H”
    I’m taught p-l-o-u-g-h
    Shall be pronouncé “plow.”
    “Zat’s easy w’en you know,” I say,
    “Mon Anglais, I’ll get through!”

    My teacher say zat in zat case,
    O-u-g-h is “oo.”
    And zen I laugh and say to him,
    “Zees Anglais make me cough.”

    He say, “Not ‘coo,’ but in zat word,
    O-u-g-h is ‘off.'”
    Oh, Sacre bleu! Such varied sounds
    Of words makes me hiccough!

    He say, “Again mon frien’ ees wrong;
    O-u-g-h is ‘up’
    In hiccough.” Zen I cry, “No more,
    You make my t’roat feel rough.”

    “Non, non!” he cry, “you are not right;
    O-u-g-h is ‘uff.'”
    I say, “I try to spik your words,
    I cannot spik zem though.”

    “In time you’ll learn, but now you’re wrong!
    O-u-g-h is ‘owe.'”
    “I’ll try no more, I s’all go mad,
    I’ll drown me in ze lough!”

    “But ere you drown yourself,” said he,
    “O-u-g-h is ‘ock.'”
    He taught no more, I held him fast,
    And killed him wiz a rough!

    — Charles Battell Loomis
     
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  3. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    When a mother rebuke her son for wrong doing, the son does not admit wrong and talk back to the mother in rude manner,
    any special English word for this talk back?
     
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  5. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    It's sometimes called backchat. Look it up in a dictionary.

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  7. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Tyre or tire?
    Which is more popular spelling?
     
  8. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    In these 9 years since you started this thread, has your English improved?
     
  9. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    You do know that you can look all this up yourself by simply typing "Tyre or tire" into Google, right?

    If you're talking about the rubber covering of a wheel, I believe "tire" is how they spell it in USA and Canada, and "tyre" is how we spell it in the UK and most other places that speak English (e.g. Australia, NZ, etc).

    If you're talking about becoming fatigued, in English I believe it is "tire" in all geographies.
     

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