Anaheim

Jul. 6th, 2006 12:00 pm
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Following up on conversations in Anaheim (after a comment thread ranting about Gee Whiz):

Chatting with Barry and Pam/[profile] canseefour, etc., and the temptation to work Cross on a Run Away: My C-4 singing call "Only You" lyrics are now on the web. The combination "The K and Run Away" can be replaced with "and then Cross Run Away" (since they are equivalent), but I like the sound of "The K" better. It also gives people more rope, on a silver platter. "The K" is strongly associated with "Cross" in most people's minds, but not usually because of Run Away.

Also, my C-1 singing call figures (c.1986) that I mentioned to someone (but can't remember who) are on the web:
http://www.stanford.edu/~zbear/C-1singers.txt

Firefox seems to be weird about sometimes (for a URL pasted into the address bar? XP but not Win2K?) wanting to download .txt files and open them with Notepad as an external application. On the other hand, I accidentally discovered that the HTTP server will look for the .txt file and send it as text/plain if the URL has no extension, and Firefox seems happy to display it:
http://www.stanford.edu/~zbear/C-1singers

A quick Google search (html .txt "no extension") reveals bloggers using a similar trick, changing the server default to text/html in order to get a shorter and cooler-looking URL.
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On the radio last night, and repeated again this morning, I heard Condi Rice saying that there are demands that the Iranians need to "assede" to.  Her pronunciation makes me ashamed for my country, and ashamed that Stanford University had her as Provost for 6 years !  The news reports apparently didn't even notice, spelling the word she meant to use rather than what she actually said:

"There are demands on the table -- and the Iranians need to accede to those demands," she said

"But there are demands on the table and the Iranians need to accede to those demands."

In English, the letter C is usually soft (pronounced like S)  when it's followed by E, I, or Y, and it's hard (pronounced like K)  when followed by A, O, or a consonant.  The first C in the word "accede" is followed by the second C, which is a consonant, so the first C is hard.  Double C should be pronounced like "kk" or like "ks"; that's just how English handles the words it borrows from Latin.  Anything else is just ignorance, illiteracy, and thoughtlessness.

- accord
- occupy

- accent
- accident
- accelerate
- eccentric
- succeed
- occipital
- flaccid
- accede

The word "accede" has synonyms that are pronounced with an S sound.  You can ascend to the throne, or you can assent to a decree, or you can accede to either one.  In Condi's case, perhaps she's over-correcting.  The pronunciation of "ask" as "aks" is one of the main characteristics of Ebonics dialects.  Maybe she's avoiding the "aks" sound even in words where it's correct.

The word "flaccid" is one of my pet peeves (or eccentricities).  Little kids teach it incorrectly to each other as a slightly naughty word.  It's so commonly mispronounced that people don't even know how to spell it.  The word "placid" is only slightly similar in form and in meaning.  Remember the unhelpful mnemonic: In "flaccid" the first C is hard.  In "tumescent" and "turgid" (as well as in "rigid"), every C or G is soft.

Doesn't anyone learn spelling rules these days?  Every time I spell certain words, I still remember the rules I was taught.  We spell "necessary" with one C, because we'd pronounce it like "nexus" if it had a double C.  We spell "succeed" and "success" with a double C, because we pronounce both sounds.
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I finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince over the weekend, and then the question popped into my head.

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