There are some words that are just a mystery until you research them. Over and over again you and I have stumbled upon the word extraordinary. If we’re reading out loud for some reason we may pause just a moment to ask ourselves which direction we are going to go. Some people pronounce the word […]
EXTRAORDINARY: Is it [ik-STRAWR-dn-er-ee] with 5 syllables, or [ek-struh-AWR-dn-er-ee] with 6 syllables??
It isn’t really the serious academic debate one might expect it to be. It’s all about the pronunciation of the word VASE. I’m sure you have been a part of the conversation more than once. Maybe you’re shopping in a furnishings store or admiring a piece of pottery in someone’s home. Maybe you ask […]
I was listening to a clip on NPR this morning announcing the death of New York Times journalist Anthony Shadid who died in Syria yesterday. The voice clip was from his coverage of the Arab Spring events, and he described what he was observing as a tumult. What struck me was his pronunciation of the […]
The poor skunk gets a bad name everywhere despite the fact that it is one of the most beautiful animals around. Its markings are distinctive and remarkable. But that’s not what I’m posting about today. It just happens to be the word incorporated into a language note I discovered when researching the word flaccid. I […]