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#2525 - 05/18/00 10:05 AM Memory of words  
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Itís funny how easy it is to remember some things from school and not others. We used to have a test on a Friday of general knowledge. I was an expert at capital cities (although I couldnít place some of the countries on a map). Anyway, it certainly increased my chances of winning (but not making) my first £1,000,000.

Hereís some of the proper terms (collective nouns) that were regulars in the test.
a shrewdness of apes
a destruction of wild cats
a skulk of foxes
an exaltation of larks
a paddling of ducks (on water)
a team of ducks (in flight)

Iíve just looked them up and realised that they didnít teach us:
a superfluity of nuns
- I wonder why?

Which words stick in your mind from long ago and why?


#2526 - 05/18/00 12:50 PM Re: Memory of words  
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Pythagoras, Jo--
I remember being awed by the fact that someone from so
long ago had such a long-lasting effect on what is taught.


#2527 - 05/18/00 06:13 PM Re: Memory of words  
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I remember mispronounciations, which usually caused some embarrassment: "civil" was "kivil", and try saying "unfed" with the stress on "un".

"Dad, what does 'unfed' (as above) mean?"

"YCLIU" pre-empting tswum

That's how I got started with dictionary and Thesaurus.



#2528 - 05/18/00 06:22 PM Re: Memory of words  
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yes! mispronunciations...
epitome I read as EP i tome
paradigm was PAR a DIG em

another word I remember is career, used as a verb, as in to career down a mountain road -- I used this on an English paper and got marked down for making up a word!

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#2529 - 05/18/00 06:39 PM Re: Memory of words  
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> got marked down for making up a word!

Same problem. I used "oderous" (in the sense of smell) for "odious" (unpleasant) in the same way that Shakespeare had in the play we'd been studying the week before (poss the Scottish play) and got marked down for an incorrect word - I was cross - if it was OK for Shakespeare then...
It hastened my enthusiasm for giving up English at the earliest opportunity.

(It took me ages to work out epi-tome too).


#2530 - 05/18/00 06:47 PM Re: Memory of words  
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"Persephone" was some sort of communication instrument at first glance! Never could quite master Greek mythology...


#2531 - 05/18/00 06:51 PM Childhood spelling bee trauma  
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When I was in the eighth grade (13 yrs old) I was a finalist in the school's spelling bee. I lost on "aeronautics." The English teacher reading the words to us pronounced it "ar-E-o-nau-tics." I knew the ae combination form, but went with his pronunciation. I have never recovered from that :-)

PS Jo - is it bad luck in your parts to utter the word "Hamlet" when you are in rehearsal for said play?


#2532 - 05/18/00 07:02 PM Re: Memory of words  
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VERGES
Yes, I thank God I am as honest as any man living
that is an old man and no honester than I.
DOGBERRY
Comparisons are odorous...

Much Ado About Nothing, Act III, Scene v

8-D

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#2533 - 05/18/00 07:13 PM Whoops! Make that Macbeth  
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Got my Danes and my Scots mixed up. Jo, is it considered bad luck to utter the word "Macbeth" etc, etc???


#2534 - 05/19/00 12:13 AM Re: Memory of words  
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Yes, I too was marked down for making up a word: I used fracas in an essay and was told it didn't exist. Clearly it still rankles, as this was a wee while ago!


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