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Re: Messy orthography (Re: Sound change rules for erosion)

From:Carsten Becker <post@...>
Date:Saturday, November 29, 2003, 14:19
> > It was difficult to express myself sometimes, especially when you've > > learned very many words that you actually don't use too frequently in > > normal speech, like the canonical example I always give: tele-objective > > (I learned it in the second or third year - as if a tele-objective > > could save your life when you're in danger when you're name is not > > James Bond!). > > I suppose your teacher was a shutterbug: I had never seen or heard this > word before, not being involved in photography myself.
My teacher had an SLR camera and liked to make photos indeed, but no, this was an official word to learn in our English textbook! (that word appeared in a text about bird-watching IIRC)