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17 June 2007 @ 12:12 am
The perils of reading  
I acquire language by reading rather than by hearing. I am in fact notoriously bad at distinguishing spoken sounds.

But building one's vocabulary by sight has its perils. I did not know until fifteen minutes ago, for example, that ague is not pronounced as if it is simply a beheaded plague.

Fortunately it's not a word I have occasion to speak very ever. I'd rather announce that I've been wrong about something than be corrected (or be silently thought clueless) ....
 
 
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introverteintroverte on June 17th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
I grew up thinking that "hearth" was pronounced with a long e sound. I went so far as to correct someone once.
Amy- ninja extraordinaire, bad monkeyninjamonkey73 on June 18th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
And I didn't know that the word I use often to verbally denote transitioning and pronounced "segwey", was in fact the same word I read as "seg-you". I, unfortunately found out by arguing with someone.

Damn you, segue!