Offensive stress (was: those irregular prepositions)
|Date:||Thursday, June 22, 2006, 16:31|
>Aidan Grey <taalenmaple@...> wrote:
>Generally, Americans say "two weeks" instead of "fortnight", the
>same number of syllables. And for "Tuesday week", we say "a week
>from Tuesday". If I have the meanings correct.
Sadly, I do not use "fortnight" for no one would understand it. I
think it's a great word. I read a lot of fantasy novels. Often
authors will write "se'ennight" for week. I don't know if it was
every a true word, but it sounds good!
I take of'fense at 'defense. Since 'offense and 'defense seem to
arise in the sports arena, I attribute the offensive pronunciations
to a lack of education.
For me, 'ad-dress is the noun; address' is the verb.
Please ad'dress the envelope with the correct 'address.
Which reminds me: I say /'anvElop/, not /EnvElop/.
And the verb is /En'vElVp/.
You gotta love it!