Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Phrase Words

Phrase Words



|Views: 105 |Likes:
Published by natnii

More info:

Published by: natnii on Jul 30, 2009
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOC, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





AcrossedacrossIt is easy to confuse "across" with "crossed" but better to keep them separate.affidavidaffidavitEven if your lawyer's name is ''David,'' he issuesaffidavits.Old-timer's diseaseAlzheimer's diseaseWhile it is a disease of old-timers, it is namedfor the German neurologist, Dr. Alois Alzheimer.AntarticAntarcticJust think of an arc of ants (an ant arc) and thatshould help you keep the [c] in the pronunciation of this word.Artic ArcticAnother hard-to-see [c]but it is there.AksaskThis mispronunciation has been around foso long (over 1,000 years) that linguist Mark Aronoff thinks we should cherish it as a part of our linguistic heritage. Most of us would givethe axe to "aks."athelete, atheleticTwo syllables are enough for "athlete."athlete,athletic
 barbituatebarbiturateDon't forget this word contains three others: bar+bit+u+rate bob wirebarbed wireNo, thisword wasn't named for anyone named ''Bob;'' itshould be "barbed wire," although the suffix –ed, meaning ''having,'' is fading away in theU.S. bidnessbusinessThe change of [s] to [d] before [n] is spreadingthroughout the US and when the unaccented [I]drops from this word the [s] finds itself inthesame environment as in "isn't" and "wasn't."a blessing in the skiesa blessing in disguiseThis phrase is no blessing if it comes from theskies. (Pronounce it correctly and help maintainthe disguise.)
CalvarycavalryIt isn't clear why we say, ''Mind your Ps and Qs''when we have more difficulty keeping up withour Ls and Rs. Had there been a cavalry inJesus'time, perhaps Calvary would not have been sotragic.cannidatecandidateYou aren't being canny to drop the [d] in thisword. Remember, it is the same as "candy date."(This should help guys remember how to preparefor dates, too.)
card sharkcardsharpCardsharps probably won't eat you alive, thoughthey are adept at cutting your purse strings.Carpool tunnel syndromeCarpal tunnel syndromeThis one is mispronounced (andmisspelled) several different ways; we just picked the funniest. Carpal means''pertaining to the wrist.''CaucaphonycacophonyThere is no greater cacophony [kæ'kafêni] to theears than to hear the vowels switched in the pronunciation of this word.The CaucasesThe CaucasusAlthough there are more than one mountain inthis chain, their name is not a plural noun.chester drawerschest of drawersThe drawers of Chester is a typical way olooking at these chests down South but it missesthe point.chomp at the bitchamp at the bit"Chomp" has probably replaced "champ" in theU.S. but we thought you might like to bereminded that the vowel should be [æ] not [o].closeclothesThe [th] is a very soft sound likely to beoverlooked. Show your linguistic sensitivity andalways pronounce it.CoronetcornetPlaying a crown (coronet) will make you aboutas popular as wearing a trumpet (cornet) on your head—reason enough to keep these two wordsstraight.
DialatedilateThe [i] in this word is so long there is time foanother vowel but don't succumb to thetemptation.diptheriadiphtheriaThe ''ph'' in this word is pronounced [f], not [p].doggy dog worlddog-eat-dog worldThe world is even worse than you think if youthink it merely a "doggy-dog world." Sorryto be the bearer of such bad news.drownddrownYou add the [d] only to the past tense and past participle.
elec'torale'lectoralThe accent is on the second, not the third,syllable and there is no [i] in it—not"electorial."(By the way, the same applies to "mayoral" and"pastoral.")
excapeescapeThe good news is, if you say "excape," you'vemastered the prefix ex- because its meaningdoesfit this word. The bad news is, you don't use this prefix on "escape."expressoespressoWhile I can't express my love for espressoenough, this word was borrowed from Italianwell after the Latin prefix ex- had developedintoes-.Exceteraet ceteraLatin for "and" (et) "the rest" (cetera) areactually two words that probably should bewritten separately.expeciallyespeciallyThings especial are usually not expected, sodon't confuse these words.
FebyuaryFebruaryWe don't like two syllables in succession with an[r] so some of us dump the first one in thisword.Most dictionaries now accept the single [r] pronunciation but, if you have an agiletongue,you may want to shoot for theoriginal.fedralfederalSyncopation of an unaccented vowel is fairlycommon in rapid speech but in careful speech itshould be avoided. See also "plute" and readmore about the problem here.fillumfilmWe also do not like the combination [l] + [m].One solution is to pronounce the [l] as [w]("film" [fiwm}, "palm" [pawm]) but some preferadding a vowel in this word.fisicalfiscalIn fact, we don't seem to like any consonantstogether. Here is another word, like athlete andfilm that is often forced to swallow an unwantedvowel.FlounderfounderSince it is unlikely that a boat would founder ona flounder, we should distinguish the verb fromthe fish as spelling suggests.foilagefoliageHere is another case of metathesis, place-switching of sounds. Remember, the [i]comes after the [l], as in related "folio."For all intensive purposesFor all intents and purposesThe younger generation ismispronouncing this phrase sointensively that it has become popular  both as a mispronunciation and

Activity (6)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
4b7'j liked this
b4b liked this
yubarajsharma liked this
yubarajsharma liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->