"We're always disappointed when we find out someone else has human limits, the same as we do. It's stupid for us to feel that way, and we really ought to know better, but that doesn't seem to slow us down." from Harry Dresden of course.
I wrote recently, last year, (that sounds so long ago doesn't it?) about the awful smell permeating my home from the cypress tress and hedges around here.
Some time later, I heard a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival, known around here as CCR, and in one line there is mention of meeting by the cypress tree.
For years I'd thought the line was "meet by the big red tree", until I looked up the lyrics, because I'm unfamiliar with their pronunciation of cypress.
They say "sip-ress" where I've always thought it was "sigh-press"
So I'm asking all of you, which is it?
Is there a definite pronunciation or is it one of those "depends which country you are from" things?
Being partly deaf, I've had this mispronunciation thing going on all my life.
If I have read a word, but never heard it spoken, I'll make up my own pronunciation as I'm reading.
Now that I'm older, that works quite well, but when I was much younger, the pronunciations I came up with didn't often make sense to the story I was reading at the time. So whenever I came across that particular word I would skip over it and just continue reading.
The word that comes most forcefully to mind is "underfed". As a small child, I had never heard this word spoken. Under fed. Meaning of course, someone who doesn't get enough to eat.
So I read it as "underf-ed" and it never made sense to me. Until I heard underfed in conversation many years later, then it suddenly clicked.
Another is "subtle" with the silent "b". I didn't know it was silent until high school.
Anyone else have/had this problem?
Here's something new. I've just heard on the news (7Jan2015) that Tony Abbott is thinking of adding GST to fresh foods.
Increase the cost of foods that are already too expensive for many people?
What the hell Mr Prime Minister??
There is already GST on so many things, including processed and fast foods, with the idea that this would drive more people to eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Now you want to tax those too??