Pronouncing drug names (w. note for Wilson)

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 31 04:24:53 UTC 2008

Regards syllabic stress and spelling -
There is a tendency for a stressed syllable to be indicated by a double consonant in English; for example, desert/dessert.  For stressed syllables that both begin and end with double consonants, like "accommodate", the most common spelling mistake (75%) is to drop the second double (accomodate) rather than the first (acommodate).  Thus, truespel phonetics indicates stress (on other than the first syllable) with a preceding double consonant. ~ukkaamudaet.

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> Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 19:59:24 -0500
> From: laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
> Subject: Re: Pronouncing drug names (w. note for Wilson)
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> Poster: Laurence Horn
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> At 4:37 PM -0500 1/30/08, Mark Mandel wrote:
>>Ditto. My mnemonic is the pun "the three Liddell girls", somewhere in or
>>about Carroll's oeuvre. (The poem about one lazy afternoon?... misquoting it
>>Larry interposed (while I was typing the above:
>>I remember being surprised to learn that the family name of Alice
>>Liddell, of Alice in Wonderland fame, and therefore of her father
>>Henry--Dean Liddell of Christ Church in Oxford, was pronounced
>>"Little" and not "Lid-DELL" (I'm pretty sure I made the same wrong
>>guess about the classical lexicographer), and that this explains some
>>puns on the part of Dodgson/Carroll on the name.
>>Same wrong guess, same given name, same person.
> Yeah, I had the nagging feeling after sending that message that the
> two Liddells were related. I guess the identity relation is a pretty
> close one.
> LH
>>(Actually, I may have learned the correct pronunciation in my late teens, at
>>St. John's College. I recall referring to the Intermediate Greek-English
>>Lexicon rhymingly as "the middle Liddell-Scott".)
>>m a m
>>On Jan 30, 2008 4:17 PM, Wilson Gray  wrote:
>>> For several dekkids, I thought that the
>>> ['lIdl]-Scott dictionary was the [lI 'dEl]-Scott dictionary.
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