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Side note, access, inadvertently I'm sure, burdens us with more double letters than single letters!
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Maybe one should create a committee to change the speling and eliminate al words with double leters ?
That would be realy super, as it would give aces to the english language easier for foreigners.
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voralfred wrote: Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:50 am Maybe one should create a committee ...
You made me think of:
Directors at Daimler Benz and Chrysler have announced an agreement to adopt English as the preferred language for communications, rather than German, which was another possibility.

As part of the negotiations, directors at Chrysler conceded that English spelling has some room for improvement and have accepted a five-year phase-in plan.

In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c". Also, the hard "c" will be replased with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but komputers have one less letter.

There will be growing kompany enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replased by "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20 persent shorter.

In the third year, DaimlerKhrysler akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reash the stage where more komplikated shanges are possible.

DaimlerKhrysler will enkourage the removal of double letters, whish have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent "e"'s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps sush as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" by "v".

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be droped from vords kontaining "o", and similar shanges vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis, and employes vil find it ezi to kommunikat viz eash ozer.

Ov kors al supliers vil be expekted to us zis for all busines komunikation via DaimlerKhrysler.

Ze drem vil finali kum tru ...

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
From https://www.smart-jokes.org/english-spe ... eform.html
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A two-fer todaay to duubblle your pleasure.
[Considering the joke just shared with us by E.P.S. it may be a while before I bring up the issue of spelling...feeling very humbled.]

podge

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1 informal A short, fat person.
1.1 mass noun Excess weight; fat.

Origin
Mid 19th century of unknown origin.

pudgy

Pronunciation /ˈpəjē/ /ˈpədʒi/
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(of a person or part of their body) slightly fat.

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outhouse

Pronunciation /ˈaʊthaʊs/
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1 A building such as a shed or barn that is built on to or in the grounds of a house.
1.1 North American An outside toilet.
verb
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Store or accommodate away from the main storage or accommodation area.

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If you saw a mouse, 'twas the outhouse.
To a sailor's dread, they say a head.
For some in the EU, call it the loo.
If you feel you'll explode, find the commode.
Or being quite free, shout out "WC!"
But, not to spoil it, know it's the toilet.

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sensitive

Pronunciation /ˈsɛnsɪtɪv/
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1 Quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals, or influences.
1.1 Easily damaged, injured, or distressed by slight changes.
1.2 (of photographic materials) prepared so as to respond rapidly to the action of light.
1.3 (of a market) unstable and liable to quick changes of price because of outside influences.
2 Having or displaying a quick and delicate appreciation of others' feelings.
2.1 Easily offended or upset.
3 Kept secret or with restrictions on disclosure to avoid endangering security.
noun
A person who is believed to respond to paranormal influences.

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘sensory’): from Old French sensitif, -ive or medieval Latin sensitivus, formed irregularly from Latin sentire ‘feel’. The current senses date from the early 19th century.

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To those critics who say I am not sensitive to the feelings of others, I say:
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Algot Runeman wrote: Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:31 am sensitive
I've not had to use a rural outhouse very often.

But of the very rare times I did, I vividly remember my nose being very sensitive to, not to say offended by, its intrusive emanations.
(Please note this is not my nose!)
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perseverance

Pronunciation /pəːsɪˈvɪər(ə)ns/
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mass noun
Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Origin
Middle English from Old French, from Latin perseverantia, from perseverant- ‘abiding by strictly’, from the verb perseverare (see persevere).

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Yesterday, NASA scientists, through engineering perseverance, landed the latest Mars rover safely.

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Algot Runeman wrote: Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:59 am perseverance
...
Yesterday, NASA scientists, through engineering perseverance, landed the latest Mars rover safely.
...
Fortunately, THIS perseverance doesn't need no outhouse, no inhouse, nor even a house altogether ...
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larcener

Pronunciation /ˈlɑːs(ə)nə/
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archaic
A thief.

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While calling a thief "larcener" is archaic and has fallen out of use, larceny itself remains way too common.

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Hope is not necessary to engagement, nor success to perseverance.
I am not sure who said this first.

I was under the impression if was by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1900-1944, the author of the delicious book "Le Petit Prince".

My wife remembers that Marcel Pagnol, writer and filmmaker born in 1895, quotes his father as saying it when he himself was a child, so in the very early years of the 20th Century, in the first volume "La Gloire de mon Père" of his autobiography.

But I found on the web it was by William I of Orange, the Silent 1533–1584. Do you agree, EPS ?

And some other place I found an even earlier reference, dating back to Charles the Bold (in french : le Téméraire, which does not mean just "the bold" but "the rash" or "the reckless") duke of Burgundy 1433-1477.


I would hate to have to think of Saint-Exupery as a larcener...
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quercine

Pronunciation /ˈkwəːsʌɪn/ /ˈkwəːsɪn/
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Of, relating to, or resembling oak or oak trees; consisting of oaks. Formerly also: †made of oak, oaken (obsolete).

Origin
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blount (1618–1679), antiquary and lexicographer. From post-classical Latin quercinus oaken, made of oak from classical Latin quercus oak + -inus.

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The quercine cask
Was up to the task
Of filling the company's
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share

...
in singular A person's part in or contribution to something.
...
[[Extracted from much larger definition]]

*Monday*

Begin the week
As word geek:
Find a word.
Share with herd.

(Which shouts aloud,
"Not a herd, we're a crowd!")

Make it of the sort
For word-loving cohort.
Cook it into soup
For the entire group.

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How nice if the content of the above quercine cask could be divided into just three shares, for EPS, you and me !
Algot Runeman wrote:(Which shouts aloud,
"Not a herd, we're a crowd!")
And the three of us form, indeed, a crowd, as the old saying goes....
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irreverent

Pronunciation /ɪˈrɛv(ə)r(ə)nt/
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Showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.

Origin
Late Middle English from Latin irreverent- ‘not revering’, from in- ‘not’ + reverent- ‘revering’ (see reverent).

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Paul Revere, famous more for his midnight ride, displayed his silver work with pride. It would be irreverent of me to scoff at his accomplishments.

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[[Avid (and casual) readers of the WotD topic will probably note that irreverence is more normal around these parts than not. Because of that, it came as a surprise today, that we had not formerly or formally used either this negative form or even "reverent".]]
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testimony

Pronunciation /ˈtɛstɪməni/
noun testimonies
1 A formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law.
1.1 mass noun Evidence or proof of something.
1.2 A public recounting of a religious conversion or experience.
1.3 archaic A solemn protest or declaration.

Origin
Middle English from Latin testimonium, from testis ‘a witness’.

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limit

Pronunciation /ˈlɪmɪt/
noun
1 A point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass.
1.1 often limits - The terminal point or boundary of an area or movement.
1.2 The furthest extent of one's physical or mental endurance.
2 A restriction on the size or amount of something permissible or possible.
2.1 A speed limit.
2.2 also legal limitThe maximum concentration of alcohol in the blood that the law allows in the driver of a motor vehicle.
3 Mathematics
A point or value which a sequence, function, or sum of a series can be made to approach progressively, until they are as close to it as desired.
verb limits, limiting, limited
[with object]
Set or serve as a limit to.

Origin
Late Middle English from Latin limes, limit- ‘boundary, frontier’. The verb is from Latin limitare, from limes.

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On a road we travel frequently, there is an interesting mix of signs. The right side of the road has a standard US speed limit sign announcing a switch to 35 miles per hour. Across the road is a permanent electronic speed sign which flashes if you are going above 25 MPH, the speed limit of the road BEHIND us.

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Algot Runeman wrote: Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:18 am limit
There's a place close to my home where the town installed a permanent electronic speed sign which flashes my actual speed whenever I approach it.

Firstly, it's on the right hand side of the road and secondly, it allegedly flashes my speed, if it works überhaupt.

There seems no limit to how often it shows the wrong speed, or breaks down altogether.

That particular speed sign gives an annoyingly unreliable testimony!
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EPS, in your last post you are rather irreverent towards the town officials who put that speed sign there.

But even if these officials are over-sensitive (meaning 2.1 above) they would be wrong to be upset : your testimony clearly shows that they botched their job.
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untogether

Pronunciation /ʌntəˈɡɛðə/
adjective
informal
(of a person) not well organized or sensible.

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Untogether describes me well. Even with help, I seem to have trouble getting my act together.

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[However, those who are even remotely connected to this forum topic are amazing, composed, unified, and definitely together, no matter the miles (kilometers, parsecs, etc.) which separate us.]
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Algot Runeman wrote: Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:10 am untogether
However, those who are even remotely connected to this forum topic are amazing, composed, unified, and definitely together, no matter the miles (kilometers, parsecs, etc.) which separate us.
Don't you believe it!

It is a blatant untruth.

Though some people think the politically correct term is: alternative fact.
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E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote: Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:18 pm It is a blatant untruth.
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It may be slightly irreverent, but it's visible proof there's no limit to creativity.

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languish

Pronunciation /ˈlaŋɡwɪʃ/
verb
[no object]
1 (of a person, animal, or plant) lose or lack vitality; grow weak.
1.1 Fail to make progress or be successful.
1.2 archaic Pine with love or grief.
1.3 archaic Assume a sentimentally tender or melancholy expression or tone.
2 Be forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation.

Origin
Middle English (in the sense ‘become faint, feeble, or ill’): from Old French languiss-, lengthened stem of languir ‘languish’, from a variant of Latin languere, related to laxus ‘loose, lax’.

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I shall willingly use my morning root canal as excuse to languish through the afternoon. Of course, I do, typically, nap in the afternoon, anyway.

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E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote: Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:24 am .
It may be slightly irreverent, but it's visible proof there's no limit to creativity.

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This might be incentive enough to stop languishing...
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