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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
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    The Times reports today that the latest al-Naba newsletter from the terrorist organization ISIS/ISIL/Daesh has warned its members against European travel.

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    That is funny on several levels, and we need cheering up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Same reason as for "Worcester" and "Gloucester". The "c" is silent in placenames ending in "cester", and has been since at least the eighteenth century. Grant Hutchison
    My wife and I were binge-watching YouTube documentaries on Richard III, and I kept seeing the word "LIE kes ter" on road signs, but the announcers were talking about this other city, "LES ter".

    Worse, now I am unsure how to pronounce the word "WOR ches ter" (Worcester), which is how I've done it since childhood in Kentucky, which I guess explains everything. LATER: also used to say "WOR chi chess shire", for unknown reasons.

    On a vaguely related topic, the finding of Richard III and the genetic discoveries resulting therefrom have struck me as one of the three most important genetic mysteries resolved in the last 20 years, the other two being the finding that President Jefferson did indeed have children with Sally Hemmings, and the discovery of the true (sad) fate of Anastasia Romanov.
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    Worcester = Wooster
    Gloucester = Gloster
    Bicester = Bister
    Alcester = Awlster
    Towcester = Toster
    Rocester = Roaster
    Frocester = Froster

    But:

    Cirencester = Sirensester

    Easy.
    It seems to me that all these names probably had a soft "c" when Latin castrum became -cester, and most of them went on to drop the first syllable of -cester by mashing the two "s" sounds together.

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    Reminds me that Versailles in Kentucky is ver-SALES, and in Ohio it is ver-SAL-eez. Louisville, my home town, is pronounced by natives with a drawl: Luh-vul. No one says "Louis-ville"
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    Or Calais in Maine pronounces the s and in france they do not.
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    There's a funny moment in the film Last Night (the 1998 apocalyptic black comedy, not the 2010 romantic drama), in which the character played by Don McKellar says, "I've lived here in Toronto all my life," giving the name its full three syllables, rather than pronouncing it Tronno like a native Torontonian. But McKellar actually is a native Torontonian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    There's a funny moment in the film Last Night (the 1998 apocalyptic black comedy, not the 2010 romantic drama), in which the character played by Don McKellar says, "I've lived here in Toronto all my life," giving the name its full three syllables, rather than pronouncing it Tronno like a native Torontonian. But McKellar actually is a native Torontonian.

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    Here in Washington, we pronounce the second "S" in "Des Moines".
    Oh, and the Gloucester Airplane Company changed it name to "Gloster" because of confusion in international customers
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    Oh, I just remembered the Arkansas River. It's pronounced "Ar-Kansas" in one state and "Ar-Ken-Saw" in the next.
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    The BBC once did a TV piece in which a female 1800s character refers to the Wisconsin city of Waukesha (WOK-eh-shaw) as wok-AY-shuh, which caused everyone seeing the scene (in Wisconsin) to laugh and laugh. I was among them.
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    For some reason I've heard Waukesha pronounced. I thought it might be in the context of the American Indian Wars, so I did a Google search to check. Under People Also Ask was the question "What does Waukesha mean in Indian?"
    Ah, the Indian language. Spoken, amazingly, both in North America and Southern Asia. My, how they chatter away to each other when they meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    For some reason I've heard Waukesha pronounced. I thought it might be in the context of the American Indian Wars, so I did a Google search to check. Under People Also Ask was the question "What does Waukesha mean in Indian?"
    Ah, the Indian language. Spoken, amazingly, both in North America and Southern Asia. My, how they chatter away to each other when they meet. Grant Hutchison
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    Amuses? Bugs? Makes Happy? Trivial? Or just kind of silly?

    My wife is an Avon representative. They previously discontinued their hand sanitzer line, so she bought a a couple of extras. As you may know, hand sanitzer is worth it's weight in gold right now in the USA, for pretty much stupid reasons.
    She just took inventory and found 20 tubes. I'm thinking of starting an on-line auction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    My wife is an Avon representative. They previously discontinued their hand sanitzer line, so she bought a a couple of extras. As you may know, hand sanitzer is worth it's weight in gold right now in the USA, for pretty much stupid reasons. She just took inventory and found 20 tubes. I'm thinking of starting an on-line auction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Planning to get a mansion on Corsica?
    That might be a little to close to Italy...
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    Watching Good Eats recorded last year where Alton is using a pandemic as a theme for making bread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Watching Good Eats recorded last year where Alton is using a pandemic as a theme for making bread.
    Ouch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I took my bicycle out for a ride this afternoon.
    Many people seem to be heeding the official advice. Traffic was light, and people and are apparently avoiding social gatherings by going for a walk around their neighborhood.

    I couldn't help but think it sort of looked like the zombie apocalypse.
    Except for the dogs. Many "zombies" had their dogs with them.
    Somewhat similar here. J. and I went to the beach with our dog and saw a few other people also enjoying the sunlight and early warmth. We normally only go to that beach to watch the sunset, so in full daylight we were able to walk much farther down without a fear of coming back in the dark. We got down to an area where boulders had been dumped at the base of a dune cliff to slow the erosion and moving through them required some scrambling and bouldering, so we got a workout even though our gym is closed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Under People Also Ask was the question "What does Waukesha mean in Indian?"
    Ah, the Indian language. Spoken, amazingly, both in North America and Southern Asia. My, how they chatter away to each other when they meet.

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    I wonder if they realize that there is no language called Indian in either of the hemispheres. I wonder if it means something in Asian?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I wonder if they realize that there is no language called Indian in either of the hemispheres. I wonder if it means something in Asian?
    There are many Native American languages, but no common tongue. Heck, they can't even agree on the origin of "Waukesha." It could be Algonquian, Ojibwe, or Potawatomi. But not "Indian."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    There are many Native American languages, but no common tongue. Heck, they can't even agree on the origin of "Waukesha." It could be Algonquian, Ojibwe, or Potawatomi. But not "Indian."
    I thought Waukesha was a Norwegian word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Here in Washington, we pronounce the second "S" in "Des Moines"
    What about the first “s”? I have heard people say “Dez Moynez, IO-wahh” . . . Difficult to suppress the wince. Luckily, it seems rare. (Much of my family is from Des Moines, though I have only visited.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I wonder if they realize that there is no language called Indian in either of the hemispheres. I wonder if it means something in Asian?

    I once teased an Indian colleague of mine, who was complaining that the university kept sending him a particular student for teaching, who also happened to be Indian.
    "Well," I said, "It's probably because they think you both speak Indian."
    He gave me a balefully dismissive look for a good five seconds before he cottoned on to the fact that I was making a joke about the university's teaching office, rather than expressing my own opinion. (India has seventeen different languages written on its banknotes, and that doesn't even cover its list of official languages.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    I thought Waukesha was a Norwegian word.
    Nah. You don't get Norwegian placenames starting with "w". The sound's hardly used in Norwegian--really just for loan words, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    What about the first “s”? I have heard people say “Dez Moynez, IO-wahh” . . . Difficult to suppress the wince. Luckily, it seems rare. (Much of my family is from Des Moines, though I have only visited.)
    Yup, both of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
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    The Times reports today that the latest al-Naba newsletter from the terrorist organization ISIS/ISIL/Daesh has warned its members against European travel.

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    OK, but that made me laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Yup, both of them.
    *wince* Maybe the people I hear with the annoying pronunciation are from Washington.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    *wince* Maybe the people I hear with the annoying pronunciation are from Washington.
    But we do know how to "Sequim" and "Puyallup"!

    Meanwhile, the cat woke me up several times in the night to express her concerns about the China Problem. Specifically, that I forgot to put food in the bowl before going to bed and she could see all the way to china in the bottom.
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    Last week I got a notice in the mail from the Census Bureau, instructing me to fill out the census form online. I did so and noted that I should ignore any duplicate letters that might come. I have received two in the past two days.

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    A couple of things that sales are up on in Nova Scotia, alcohol and pot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    Last week I got a notice in the mail from the Census Bureau, instructing me to fill out the census form online. I did so and noted that I should ignore any duplicate letters that might come. I have received two in the past two days.
    I'm having real trouble replying to this within the rules of the forum. Did they all have the same authentication code?

    I know with absolute certainty that I am double-counted in the 1970 census.
    I filled out a form in my college town as instructed. I later found out that my mother included me on the form in the town my family lived in, absolutely contrary to instructions. No way she was going to omit her baby boy! So the state of Washington and City of Tacoma had one extra resident in 1970.
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