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speaker) went through my thesis painstakingly correcting every (erroneous)
"doubled consonant" that I had used.
Then, lectured me on the rules regarding same.
(did I mention *I* was the "native English speaker"??)
I simply <shrugged> and said, "When in doubt, I figure one MORE is better
than one LESS...".
As a result of that chastisement, I am now equally likely to double
when I shouldn't -- or fail to double when I *should*!
[Amusingly, some words I consistently get right -- e.g., dessert and desert]
Occasionally I spell occasionally as occassionally. (-: Sssss. I had to
develop a mnemonic - the word "Casio" is embedded in the correct spelling.
Fluorescent was much harder but breaks into Flu Ore Scent. Can't ask for a
handier mnemonic (well, it could actually make sense).
I had some trouble with "believe" until I thought about it having LIE in it.
BTW, when I use NOT in mnemonic devices, it's usually the r's-1
(radix-1) complement, so NOT 365 is 634 (note that each digit adds up to 9).
W is a semivowel. Vowels are "voiced" and produced with the vocal
tract "unobstructed". Voiced consonants build pressure above the glottis by
obstructing the vocal tract.
The "y" and "w" sounds are closer to vowels in their formation -- yet tend
to form syllable boundaries (think: beYond)
Ah! I tend not to have problems with ie (i before e, except after c
or when sounding like a as in neighbor and weigh). Of course, all
of these rules to cover exceptions themselves have exceptions! :>
When working on my speech synthesizer, it was frustrating to see just how
many exceptions there are to the "rules" we think we know -- but
actually have internalized and consciously forgotten!
E.g., think of the /w/ sound in:
I found that "of" is one of the most commonly encountered exceptions
(there's no /f/ sound in the word!)
It's called the "nine's complement". The ten's complement is obtained
by adding one to the nine's complement. In much the same way that the
one's complement ant two's complements are related.
In my case, I subvocalize: "no, it's NOT flour -- so it must be fluor";
"it's not 365 (days in a year) so it must be 356"
Yes there is a 'w' in quick. Right after the initial 'k'.
In this particular case, it IS nines'. R (for radix) makes is less
inappropriately specific, since the same idea applies to all radixes
(bases). I suppose you don't know that r's-1 complement is involved in
how computers subtract numbers. I didn't know it yet, but I learned r's
compliment in second grade.
The 'w' in "one" is more interesting (esp when you are designing rules
to convert spellings to sounds).
Spend any amount of time (i.e., hundreds of hours) trying to understand
why certain combinations of letters are pronounced one way or another
and you end up pulling your hair out -- English is just chock full
I most certainly do! Having had to design ALU's, you quickly learn that
you perform subtraction by putting a "programmable inverter" (XOR gate)
in front of each bit and force the carry-in to '1' on your ADDER. Voila!
A-B with the same hardware that performs A+B!
Look at "casting out nines" and "casting out 11's".
Trachtenberg addition relies on the latter.
Puzzle your way through those.
The state decided it would be nice to have the roadsigns on the SK rez
in SK. Don't ask me what they call the characters or how to say the words.
There's a mountain west of town that was named Squaw Peak, or Squaw Tit
originally. The Indians decided 'squaw' was derogatory, so it was
renamed 'Ch-paa-qn'. Good luck with that. It's still Squaw to me.
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