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#2535 - 05/19/00 08:19 AM Re: Memory of words
Jackie Offline
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The truth, I swear!
I once met a seminary student who legally changed his name.
His new name was pronounced OG-ree POE-bee because he had
liked the (supposed) sounds of these words he'd seen in a
book: ogre, and phoebe.
That was in the late 60's, and I can't help wondering if he
ever changed it to something less hippie-like.


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#2536 - 05/19/00 10:34 AM Mispronunciation
Procrastinatrix Offline
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After I presented my undergraduate honors thesis, a famous astronomer was kind enough to tell me that "ephemerides" is pronounced "eh-phem-ER-i-deez", not "eh-PHEM-er-ides." I'd used the word about a million times in my presentation, and I can still picture him wincing each time.


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#2537 - 05/22/00 05:41 PM Re: Memory of words
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My Economics lecturer introduced us to the great philosopher Dez-cart-eez. I'll leave it to you to work it out.

In school I remember a religion class where I pronounced 'celibacy' to rhyme with Shirley Bassey. I still get a red face when I think of it!

And there was a colleague of mine whom I met for the first time over the phone. I asked him politely. 'who's calling?'. He replied - ' no memory?'. I said, 'no, I don't'. His name was Noel Memery.


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#2538 - 05/23/00 03:54 PM Re: Whoops! Make that Macbeth
jmh Offline
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Registered: 03/22/00
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Anna

Its a bit of thespian thing, never to utter the words of the Scottish play (in a theatre, anyway) otherwise calamitous things will happen. Hamlet on the other hand, no problem!


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#2539 - 05/23/00 04:01 PM Re: Much Ado
jmh Offline
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>Much Ado About Nothing, Act III, Scene v

Thank you (for your materially significant correction) and "Palabras neighbour Tsuwm".


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#2540 - 05/23/00 04:02 PM Re: Memory of words
jmh Offline
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>"Persephone" was some sort of communication instrument at first glance! Never could quite master Greek mythology ..

Didn't she marry the famous Greek God "Ansaphone"?


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#2541 - 05/23/00 05:52 PM Re: Memory of words
Rubrick Offline
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Ho, ho, ho jmh. I'm sure we can drag that old chestnut on for a while.


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#2542 - 05/24/00 05:05 AM Re: Memory of words
David108 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/00
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Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
>>Didn't she marry the famous Greek God "Ansaphone"?<<

Can't remember, Jo, but it does, like Quasimodo, ring a bell...

:o)




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#2543 - 05/25/00 07:30 AM Re: Memory of words
Jackie Offline
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>Didn't she marry the famous Greek God "Ansaphone"?<

I thought his name was Telaphone.




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#2544 - 05/25/00 08:39 AM Re: Memory of words
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> I thought his name was Telaphone.

Yes, his family was from Alabama. Surely you've heard of the famous Mobile phones?


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