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  • Maru

    Maru

    #30307768 - 7 years ago

    Do you know that thing were people pronounce <r> as <w>? I know a guy that does that and I wondered what that's called. So here's today's

    Word of the day

    rhotacism

    -noun

    1. Historical Linguistics: a change of a speech sound, especially (s), to (r), as in the change from Old Latin lases to Latin lares.
    2. excessive use of the sound (r), its misarticulation, or the substitution of another sound for it.

    By the way, obviously related to our earlier Word of the day, rhoticity.

    Be vewy vewy quiet...

  • Kairi15

    Kairi15

    #30307769 - 7 years ago

    soooo changing your voice to sound British or Indian is the same as this word?

  • Maru

    Maru

    #30307770 - 7 years ago

    Word of the day

    buttress

    -noun

    1. any external prop or support built to steady a structure by opposing its outward thrusts, especially a projecting support built into or against the outside of a masonry wall.
    2. any prop or support.
    3. a thing shaped like a buttress, as a tree trunk with a widening base.
    4. a bony or horny protuberance, especially on a horse's hoof.

    -verb

    5. to support by a buttress; prop up.
    6. to give encouragement or support to (a person, plan, etc.)

    Just read that word several times in a text and had no idea what it meant. By the way, don't you just love definitions that use the word that you're looking up? butress: a thing shaped like a buttress; to support by a buttress.

  • Kairi15

    Kairi15

    #30307771 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Maru, #855:

    It sucks that i know the meaning and what it looks like thanks to college classes and constant reading TT^TT
    anyways you can see a lot of examples in architecture mostly

  • Knight375

    Knight375

    #30307772 - 7 years ago

    Word of the Day - Forecastle

    Pronounced fohk-suh

    Noun
    1. A superstructure at or immediately aft of the bow of a vessel, used as a shelter for stores, machinery, etc., or as quarters for sailors.
    2. Any sailors' quarters located in the forward part of a vessel, as a deckhouse.
    3. The forward part of the weather deck of a vessel, especially that part forward of the foremast.

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307773 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Knight375, #857:

    Gotta love these nautical terms that are pronounced in such an abbreviated way. If they were written the same there'd be more apostrophes than letters!

  • Knight375

    Knight375

    #30307774 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #858:

    Conning Officer, request Permission to relieve the helm.

    Steady on course 180, checking 163 magnetic, engines ahead standard for 15 knots, port steering gear unit online, starboard steering gear unit offline, steering by hand electric.

    Did I mention my job is driving a US Navy Warship?

    So really I do not love the nautical terms to much. Saying Avast instead of stop is just plain dumb. People respond a lot better to stop. stuff like that is the stuff no one ever talks about. The little things add up quick.

  • Maru

    Maru

    #30307775 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Knight375, #859:

    Uh... aye, aye?

  • Knight375

    Knight375

    #30307776 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Maru, #860:

    that means I will understand and will comply.

  • Albin0_Rhino

    Albin0_Rhino

    #30307777 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Knight375, #861:

    Aye whaaaa?

  • Knight375

    Knight375

    #30307778 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Albin0_Rhino, #862:

    That would just lead to a lot of being yell at.

  • Albin0_Rhino

    Albin0_Rhino

    #30307779 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Knight375, #863:

    ah... now something I am good at. smiley0.gif

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307780 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Knight375, #859:

    that is a very cool claim to fame. and now i have so many questions!

    Have you ever been told to swab something?
    Do they really say, 'Avast'?
    How hard was it to keep a straight face the first time someone did?
    Has anyone been brave enough to use a pirate voice giving orders?
    And have you ever been told to belay an order?

    Sorry. I'll stop geeking out now.

  • Knight375

    Knight375

    #30307781 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #865:

    Yes
    Yes
    Not hard, I can keep a pretty straight face
    Yes
    No

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307782 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Knight375, #866:

    You sir are my hero.

    Avast!

  • Knight375

    Knight375

    #30307783 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Rev_Pleb, #867:

    yar

  • Maru

    Maru

    #30307784 - 7 years ago

    Word of the day

    spurious

    -adjective

    1. not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.
    2. Biology: (of two or more parts, plants, etc.) having a similar appearance but a different structure.
    3. of illegitimate birth; bastard.

    I am always furious when someone's being spurious (1).

  • Kairi15

    Kairi15

    #30307785 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Maru, #869:

    Kinda like this?
    kids1.png
    kids2.png

    Post edited 8/10/12 3:58PM

  • Maru

    Maru

    #30307786 - 7 years ago

    Word of the day

    mononym

    -noun

    a single name by which a person, thing etc is known (e.g. Madonna, Cher etc.).

    I like to go by just Maru, especially on the internet.

  • Albin0_Rhino

    Albin0_Rhino

    #30307787 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Maru, #871:

    okay Mary, I am Rhino. smiley0.gif

  • Maru

    Maru

    #30307788 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Albin0_Rhino, #872:

    Must be hard to type on a tiny keyboard for a Rhino. smiley8.gif

  • Albin0_Rhino

    Albin0_Rhino

    #30307789 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Maru, #873:

    I didn't notice it until now, but my phone auto corrected your name as Mary. Oops. Thanks technology

  • Rev_Pleb

    Rev_Pleb

    #30307790 - 7 years ago

    In reply to Albin0_Rhino, #874:

    I really hate those spool chickens. Spiral chuckles. Spleen chuckers.
    S P E L L C H E C K E R S!!!!!

  • Knight375

    Knight375

    #30307791 - 7 years ago

    Thought of the day.

    Be humble.

  • Vacant_Hope

    Vacant_Hope

    #30307792 - 6 years ago

    Word of the day

    smarmy

    adj.
    excessively or unctuously flattering, ingratiating, servile, etc.