The average person now has no connection to the rich history of places like Ceylon, Amoy, Batavia and so on without always translating hundreds of place names changed for no reason whatsoever. The average person and school kid never will.
Burmese kitty says "They are calling me WHAT ?!"
How that one line from Star Wars came to mind right off the bat, I have no idea.
I guess I get now how it would be if it was your own language ;). I don't care much either way. But think (in normal quizzes) both ways should be accepted and anybody who is bitching about that is being childish. Both are a current and valid way of spelling things.
It did give me insecurity issues when I was younger, always so confused if it was center or centre or meter or metre letter or lettre, ow wait... :P
a) analog and analogue are pronounced exactly the same in English;
b) ow, pronounced as in cow, is an expression of pain eg “ow! you trod on my foot”. I think you mean “oh”.
Then again, maybe that's the secret genius of the song: that it's ironically not about ironic things, which makes it itself ironic on a meta level.
Edit: Just realized a comment below me pointed out pretty much the same thing.
I always wonder whether that was a deliberate meta joke, or simply misunderstanding what irony actually is?
a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.
That's from Google's view of Oxford dictionaries, or you can see Merriam Webster's 2 (a) 1:
incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result
It doesn't have to be an expression. Most of the song examples are perfectly in keeping with the term "ironic".
"The terms shrimp and prawn themselves lack scientific standing. Over the years, the way they are used has changed, and these days the terms are almost interchangeable."
Good thing, too. You guys love adding random, unnecessary letters.
I’m not saying that intrinsically means ours are better (although they are), simply stating the pure fact that we did not *add* letters to *your* spellings; you *removed* them from *ours*.
"Analogue/analog" isn't attested before the 19th century, so it's not really surprising it'd be borrowed and/or backformed from Greek somewhat differently in the different varieties of English.
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