Pet peeve phrases II
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Mildly related oddity - when I was a kid, my parents used to say "Keep it down to a low drawer!" when we got too loud. Much later I heard it again, and what they were actually saying was "Keep it down to a dull roar". Interesting mondegreen...apparently I heard d...ror and put the 'low' in there to make it fit 'keep it down'. Either that or I have dyslexic ears and put the L sound before the D...
Many years ago I mentioned to my sister's husband, who used that pronunciation, that I'd never heard a Chicagoan say "greaze," only Westerners. He said, "That's because I'm from the western suburbs."
Ok, maybe that would only be funny to a Chicagoan.
In Pittsburgh we say "worsh" instead of wash or warsh. (And when camping we worsh our hands dahna crick...)
>8 PhaedraB:, 10, 11 -- Thinking about the eeze pronunciation. I think in most U.S. dialects the names, Bernice and Denise, rhyme (using an eece sound). However, my French Canadian relatives pronounce the s in Denise with a z sound, which is consonant with French.
According to Merriam-Webster online, you are both right.
Pronunciation: \ˈgrēs, ˈgrēz\
Function: transitive verb
\ ē \ as y in easy
Now, though, I hear people saying things I feel are kindof not quite right all the time in this regard, mostly things like "grow the economy" and "grow your business".
Anybody else unsettled by this, or am I just delusional?
(For the record, the first time I noticed hearing this was from that prodigious language-mangler George W.)
I think there are lots of verbs with transitive and intransitive uses. Some languages, like Basque, use absolutive and/or ergative cases depending on the transitivity of the verb.
>28 jjwilson61: We assume a lot more than that! Indeed, we'd not be able to even start getting through the day if we didn't. I always assume I'll be able to get out of bed, for starters. I've given in to the urge to explain this, on occasion. It's worked, more than half the time.
Now, I want to preface this by telling you that this was during a graduate-level course. And this guy, he's making a presentation on a proposed programming idea for YA library services: a summer reading program called The Book Bistro. And he says,
"Bistro is basically French for café."
grease the verb has a z"
No, the variation is regional. No native this far north of that isogloss would EVER say "greazy"! (Wisconsin)
"I like that" followed by subject, verb, etc. "I like that ___car does/has____" in ads time and time and time again.