[Ads-l] RES: machination

David Daniel dad at COARSECOURSES.COM
Tue Jul 25 14:26:32 UTC 2017

Well, Collins, Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com all have mackination,
though Collins has both. Oxford has only mashination, Macmillan (which only
shows the word in plural) has both. I personally have always said
mackination and can't remember ever hearing anyone say mash... As to flaccid
- wow - I didn't even know flaksid was an option, but there is it. Never
used it, never heard it, until today. 

Enviada em: segunda-feira, 24 de julho de 2017 22:31
Assunto: machination

Poster:       Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      machination

I grew up saying "makination," because I first encountered the word in a
dictionary, and that was the pronunciation offered.

But I've *never* heard anyone else say anything other than "mashination."
Now I find online dictionaries that list *only* this.

In grad school, a professor of literature corrected me in front of the
entire class. When I demonstrated that Merriam-Webster supported me, his
facial expression implied that this was a joke dictionary I'd whipped up to
make him look bad.

The table were turned when a different professor corrected my pronunciation
of "flaccid," which, like seemingly everyone else, I pronounced "flassid."

Just a quick trip down Memory Lane (located FYI in Rogersville, TN).


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