[ExI] Captchas

David Lubkin lubkin at unreasonable.com
Sat Aug 13 18:48:24 UTC 2011

Damien B wrote:

>Ha ha. I have my wife send all my emails, too. Fry does make a point 
>(in his fancy-pants posh accent), but he still admits to wincing 
>when someone aspirates "h" as "haitch"...

In Israel, I read anything in English omnivorously, from Jacqueline Susann
to Somerset Maugham. As a result, I knew many words that I'd never
heard pronounced. (When I came back to the US for college, I remember
pronouncing "epitome" as if it were epi- + tome.)

So I had an argument once with my father and stepmother. My British
stepmother insisted that "herb" was pronounced identical to the name
Herb. For some reason, my Brooklyn father agreed with her. They
claimed that no one pronounces it /erb/, and pronouncing it that way
was just my ignorance from being isolated from English speakers.

Do you call the last letter of the alphabet zed?

-- David.

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