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September 04, 2010


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I aint wearin' a phthong, I can tell you that much. ;)

Educated people I know usually pronounce it "dipthong" and "tripthong", rather than "difthong", even though my (passing) studies in Greek tell me that they should all be "fthong".

The phthing is, too much phthought on the matter can lead to phthrustration. I phthink.

Virtual Linguist

Phthank you, Tim!


I get annoyed when people talk about a "bicep" or "tricep" or "thrip", all of which ignore the fact the the words use the greek psi.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks for visiting the blog, Frank. I wrote once about how biceps and triceps were singular nouns -- see here: http://virtuallinguist.typepad.com/the_virtual_linguist/2009/10/singular-nouns-ending-in-s.html#tp
but it's only thanks to you that I've discovered the word thrips.

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I like ANMJ on FB & just subscribed to the email feed! :)

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