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Title: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Bearfoot on December 28, 2006, 09:49:23 pm
onamonapeta ftw.
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Post by: Outboundlight on December 29, 2006, 03:46:04 am
onamonapeta ftw.

onamonapeta eff tee doubleyou would have been funnier...
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Post by: harvey danger on December 29, 2006, 07:25:01 am
Why isn't onamotapoeia spelled like it sounds?
Title: Re: Two Amazing Looking Movies - Transformers & 300
Post by: Fallout on December 29, 2006, 07:28:32 am
onnohmattohpeeah?
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Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on December 29, 2006, 07:30:38 am
*onomatopoeia...

and it's because it doesn't have to do with spelling things phonetically, but by referring to sounds by a phonetic approximation of the sound itself.
Title: Re: Two Amazing Looking Movies - Transformers & 300
Post by: Outboundlight on December 30, 2006, 05:21:02 am
Why isn't onamotapoeia spelled like it sounds?

because of the delicious irony that is the english language
Title: Re: Two Amazing Looking Movies - Transformers & 300
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 30, 2006, 07:27:17 am
This thread doens't make sense anymore, so i am free to run around in my pink tu tu.

Isn't it pretty ?  :)
Title: Re: Two Amazing Looking Movies - Transformers & 300
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on December 30, 2006, 09:52:46 am
Why isn't onamotapoeia spelled like it sounds?

because of the delicious irony that is the english language

it's not ironic! ironic is getting hit by an insulin truck on your way to the hospital to get insulin!

it's not even coincidental, since as i noted, onomatopoeia has to do with naming, not spelling.
Title: Re: Two Amazing Looking Movies - Transformers & 300
Post by: Smeagol on December 30, 2006, 02:59:56 pm
Why isn't onamotapoeia spelled like it sounds?

because of the delicious irony that is the english language

See also: 'Lisp'
Title: Re: Two Amazing Looking Movies - Transformers & 300
Post by: Outboundlight on December 30, 2006, 03:36:07 pm
Why isn't onamotapoeia spelled like it sounds?

because of the delicious irony that is the english language

it's not ironic! ironic is getting hit by an insulin truck on your way to the hospital to get insulin!

it's not even coincidental, since as i noted, onomatopoeia has to do with naming, not spelling.

Okay, fair point. But hte word phoenetic isnt spelt phoenetically!

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia- Fear of long words. Also a classic.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Laser.T on December 30, 2006, 05:56:16 pm
How about pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Longest word in the English dictionary and is a lung disease. Of course, if you had this lung disease you'd probably have quite a bit of trouble trying to tell someone else what disease you've got.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Smeagol on December 30, 2006, 06:03:56 pm
How about pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Longest word in the English dictionary

Needs hyphenating.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on December 30, 2006, 07:54:18 pm
long words are always suspect... especially the fear of long words (only one p btw), which is only ever used in this context and which is essentially comprised of three redundant prefixes. a long word can be reasonably called "sesquipedalian;" literally "A foot and a half long." adding two more things meaning "big" doesn't help much.

lisp, yes. stutter also.

whether or not pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis has a hyphen is debateable, because again it is only ever used as an example of a big word. as i remember, though, it has a bit more of a reasonable background story.

so if we're going to let these through, might as well let chemicals through:

sodium­meta­diamino­para­dioxy­arseno­benzoe­methylene­sulph­oxylate.

or how about this one. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methionylthreonylthreonyl...isoleucine) (Scroll down)

Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Bearfoot on December 30, 2006, 07:57:34 pm
How about we pratice some flocci­nauci­nihili­pili­fication, which means "Declaring somethign worthless."  Like this topc, perhaps...?

Though worthless it's very entertaining, so perhaps it's not approprate...

How about we go to hawii and see the humuhumu-nukunuku-a-pua‘a instead.. ?
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Smeagol on December 30, 2006, 08:13:04 pm
whether or not pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis has a hyphen is debateable, because again it is only ever used as an example of a big word.

If it has a hyphen (or several), great. If not, it bloody well should anyway.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Laser.T on December 30, 2006, 08:53:06 pm
long words are always suspect... especially the fear of long words (only one p btw), which is only ever used in this context and which is essentially comprised of three redundant prefixes. a long word can be reasonably called "sesquipedalian;" literally "A foot and a half long." adding two more things meaning "big" doesn't help much.

lisp, yes. stutter also.

whether or not pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis has a hyphen is debateable, because again it is only ever used as an example of a big word. as i remember, though, it has a bit more of a reasonable background story.

so if we're going to let these through, might as well let chemicals through:

sodium­meta­diamino­para­dioxy­arseno­benzoe­methylene­sulph­oxylate.

or how about this one. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methionylthreonylthreonyl...isoleucine) (Scroll down)

Aye, the only use of these words is for people to talk about them like we are now and pretend we're all sort-of-intellectual types. It's all about bored people saying, I will make the longest word in the word and I'll do it by combining a load of other (usually Latin) words so it appears to have some form of legitimacy.

Actually, let's make the longest word in English which means "the state of being supremely awesome (like Machinae Supremacy) - it has to be longer than 189,820 letters long.

Now, wha'ts the Latin word for "cool"...
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Smeagol on December 30, 2006, 09:05:17 pm
Coolus Maximus
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Fallout on December 30, 2006, 09:11:24 pm
Pointless Threadimus
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 30, 2006, 10:29:31 pm
How about pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Longest word in the English dictionary and is a lung disease. Of course, if you had this lung disease you'd probably have quite a bit of trouble trying to tell someone else what disease you've got.
Pld, i laughed.

Pointless Threadimus
Don't make me start on you. Lately you're constantly whining about threads being offtopic and reporting things, eventhough there is a very active discussion. If a thread IS totally offtopic and derailed of spammy messages, the mods WILL see it and they will, sooner or later, take action. Let them do their job and stop with this. Do not take this personal, i'm just asking you to stop for the sake of others.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Gravehill on December 31, 2006, 12:34:53 am
Generally I move offtopic posts to random because what ontopic would come from offtopic? This one I let to stay in general because I know some people just love words and it might be start of something funny and educational. I, being not native english speaker, like to learn new things of this excellent language. By letting this thread stay in General I hope that this stay ontopic and as such will create discussion about funny and weird words in english. Being ontopic does not mean always being boring. Especially when it's about cunning linguistics.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Smeagol on December 31, 2006, 12:44:12 am
I feel a Stephen Fry moment coming on...
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Laser.T on December 31, 2006, 12:52:58 am
/me hugs Fallout
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Ant on December 31, 2006, 01:23:31 am
what about... penis
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Laser.T on December 31, 2006, 01:32:18 am
what about... penis

We're talking about long words, not long objects (on my body :P)
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Gravehill on December 31, 2006, 01:55:57 am
what about... penis
It does not sound funny unless you say it with it in your mouth.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Lysix on December 31, 2006, 01:57:13 am
It does not sound funny unless you say it with it in your mouth.

You seem well "educated" in this. ;)
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Gravehill on December 31, 2006, 02:01:17 am
It does not sound funny unless you say it with it in your mouth.

You seem well "educated" in this. ;)

You don't know half of it... Saw it in movies /me whistles
  ::)
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: cloudstrifex on December 31, 2006, 03:25:16 am
Generally I move offtopic posts to random because what ontopic would come from offtopic? This one I let to stay in general because I know some people just love words and it might be start of something funny and educational. I, being not native english speaker, like to learn new things of this excellent language. By letting this thread stay in General I hope that this stay ontopic and as such will create discussion about funny and weird words in english. Being ontopic does not mean always being boring. Especially when it's about cunning linguistics.

I don't know if that was intentional but that almost looks like the sex practice. :P
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Fallout on December 31, 2006, 05:28:40 am
/me hugs Fallout
Thanks. I needed that :(
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on December 31, 2006, 07:37:00 am
cunning linguistics.

I don't know if that was intentional but that almost looks like the sex practice. :P

oh, it was intentional.

/me is a linguist. how cunning remains to be seen.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Viherminttu on December 31, 2006, 08:06:34 am
/me hugs fallout too
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Laser.T on December 31, 2006, 12:52:38 pm
/me hugs Fallout some more
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Trezker on December 31, 2006, 02:59:32 pm
/me joins the hugging
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Gravehill on December 31, 2006, 03:37:51 pm
/me  joins hugging, embracing loving brotherhood of Machinae

About cunning linguistics, actual word is my favourite in english. And practice, too. It feels good in mouth and have such nice after taste... Just say it. Cunnilingus. Hmmm... It's good.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: cloudstrifex on December 31, 2006, 07:00:14 pm
/me  joins hugging, embracing loving brotherhood of Machinae

About cunning linguistics, actual word is my favourite in english. And practice, too. It feels good in mouth and have such nice after taste... Just say it. Cunnilingus. Hmmm... It's good.

I knew it! Gravehill you are a sly one. :P
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Lysix on December 31, 2006, 07:03:26 pm
/me  joins hugging, embracing loving brotherhood of Machinae

About cunning linguistics, actual word is my favourite in english. And practice, too. It feels good in mouth and have such nice after taste... Just say it. Cunnilingus. Hmmm... It's good.

That had to be the worst sentance you've ever typed in regards to spelling and general grammar. :P
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Jack Lupino on December 31, 2006, 07:28:49 pm
Gargantulous.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Gravehill on December 31, 2006, 08:07:14 pm
/me  joins hugging, embracing loving brotherhood of Machinae

About cunning linguistics, actual word is my favourite in english. And practice, too. It feels good in mouth and have such nice after taste... Just say it. Cunnilingus. Hmmm... It's good.

That had to be the worst sentance you've ever typed in regards to spelling and general grammar. :P
I used all my spelling and grammar points earlier this year. Stocks are replenished at the midnight.
What becomes to cunnilingus... I'm never out of stock. I just love that word!
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Outboundlight on January 01, 2007, 07:38:43 pm
random quote from the quote file:

"I used up all my grammar writing that essay. There's none left for you."
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Sirix on January 04, 2007, 06:14:00 am
i'd just like to say that, technicaly, words like "Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia" and "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" are construct words.

the longest non-construct word (I believe) is "Flaucinaucinihilipilification"
which means to

"to estimate as worthless"

which is, again, ironic.. since it's kind of a worthless word.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 04, 2007, 10:24:41 am
Irony is awesome. Its full of truthiness.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Anhedonia on January 04, 2007, 02:50:01 pm
I've always fancied the word "canoodle".
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Fallout on January 04, 2007, 03:38:57 pm
Irony is awesome. Its full of truthiness.

Truthiness isnt an -English- word. It's a made-up American fallacy.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: harvey danger on January 04, 2007, 03:41:00 pm
Or, y'know... a joke.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Fallout on January 04, 2007, 03:43:22 pm
What he said. <.<
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Gravehill on January 04, 2007, 04:43:02 pm
Isn't irony something that cauldrons are made of?
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: CrunchyLizard on January 04, 2007, 06:23:14 pm
Isn't irony something that cauldrons are made of?

Nope, that's iron. Or steel...
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Smeagol on January 04, 2007, 06:26:16 pm
Or, y'know... a joke.

Don't be a daft bastard, Americans don't joke.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Xhu on January 04, 2007, 07:46:13 pm
Isn't irony something that cauldrons are made of?

Nope, that's iron. Or steel...

(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/irony_color.jpg)
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 04, 2007, 08:07:47 pm
Irony is awesome. Its full of truthiness.

Truthiness isnt an -English- word. It's a made-up American fallacy.
By Stephen Colbert, an amazing journalist if I may say so.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Laser.T on January 04, 2007, 08:22:05 pm
i'd just like to say that, technicaly, words like "Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia" and "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" are construct words.

the longest non-construct word (I believe) is "Flaucinaucinihilipilification"
which means to

"to estimate as worthless"

which is, again, ironic.. since it's kind of a worthless word.

"Flaucinaucinihilipilification" is also a construct really as it is formed from various Latin words which basically mean worthless:
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 04, 2007, 08:24:41 pm
i'd just like to say that, technicaly, words like "Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia" and "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" are construct words.

the longest non-construct word (I believe) is "Flaucinaucinihilipilification"
which means to

"to estimate as worthless"

which is, again, ironic.. since it's kind of a worthless word.

"Flaucinaucinihilipilification" is also a construct really as it is formed from various Latin words which basically mean worthless:
  • floccus, a wisp or piece of wool
  • naucum, a trifle
  • nihil, nothing; something valueless
  • pilus, a hair; a bit or a whit; something small and insignificant
  • facio, make or do

You're being pedantic.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on January 04, 2007, 08:28:12 pm
is it bad that i can tell at a glance when you misspell horrendously long words?

there is no longest word. there can always be a longer one. and if you're only counting extant words, then where do you draw the line? what percentage of the population has to use the word unironically at least once per year for it to be "real"? floccinaucinihilipilification has been used in a few political scenarios, but mostly just for effect. and yet it is more widely used than hippo...phobia or pneumono...coniosis.

and what is a "construct" word? if you mean one made up of more than one semantically meaningful segment (or morpheme), then the majority of words over 5 or 6 letters fall into that category. if you mean one which has been recently created by construction where once there was no word at all (as is more possible in german and hungarian and turkish), then all you're describing is a new word; perhaps it too will come into common usage, like "sailboat."

Loki: *You're
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Laser.T on January 04, 2007, 08:32:24 pm
So, in conclusion, there are no funny English words.

Not without debate.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 04, 2007, 08:38:48 pm
Try to say this phonetically "phthisis", though latin in origin it is still an English word, don't cheat.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on January 04, 2007, 08:45:55 pm
*phonetically

and that's not too hard; after all, the germans walk around saying "pfennig" all day and the polish number 3 is "trzy." Czech and Serbian stuff can get even crazier.



but you do remind me of something.. once i saw a really large rubber duck somewhere, probably at some toy store. On the bottom it said "No Phthlanes". I still have no idea what to make of it.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Fallout on January 04, 2007, 08:47:49 pm
Irony is awesome. Its full of truthiness.

Truthiness isnt an -English- word. It's a made-up American fallacy.
By Stehpen Colbert, an amazing journalist if I may say so.

Edit: Stephen*
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 04, 2007, 08:51:55 pm
Stephen Colbert is the pinnacle in American journalism.


My spelling is recieving far more attention than it deserves.

I will go back and fix errors.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Lysix on January 04, 2007, 09:04:19 pm
Stephen Colbert is the pinnacle in American journalism.


My spelling is recieving far more attention than it deserves.

I will go back and fix errors.

You sound like a retard when you can't spell, and generally more retarded when you spell correctly.
You just can't win. :P
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 05, 2007, 01:00:27 am
Stephen Colbert is the pinnacle in American journalism.


My spelling is recieving far more attention than it deserves.

I will go back and fix errors.

You sound like a retard when you can't spell, and generally more retarded when you spell correctly.
You just can't win. :P


Lol, sounds like the story of my life, now stfu and stop being a dick.

Back to funny English words....

Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on January 05, 2007, 01:02:16 am
fondle.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Ant on January 05, 2007, 01:39:05 am
folatio
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Jack Lupino on January 05, 2007, 01:51:51 am
Jam
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on January 05, 2007, 06:31:39 am
folatio

*fellatio?
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: L'homme magique on January 05, 2007, 06:43:20 am
the reason I have stayed out of this thread thus far is because good old dugae is fighting the good fight, thus there is no need for me

also

syzygy

(you have made me obsolete, dugae :( )
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on January 05, 2007, 06:56:56 am
aw shucks


(rhythm... when you think about it)
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Jack Lupino on January 05, 2007, 07:21:43 am
Wheeze.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 05, 2007, 08:12:03 am
aw shucks


(rhythm... when you think about it)

True it is.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Ant on January 05, 2007, 10:46:25 am
Oh lawd was that a word with no vowels?

sky
cry
by
crypts
myth
myths!
Gypsy
hymns
hymn
rhythms
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on January 05, 2007, 11:04:12 am
Oh lawd was that a word with no vowels?

no.

[rIðm]

quite the vowel indeed...

a word without a vowel is when you say "and" so fast it's just "n." but that's not so cool.

of course if you meant a word spelled with no vowels, you'd still be wrong. a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y! like in sky.(which is really [skhaj])
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Gravehill on January 05, 2007, 11:53:23 am
In finnish it's easier because we speak it phonetically. Theres really no need to think how some vowel or consonant is pronounced when they all are pronounced as they are. This means thou that we speak english very funnily. Every english word pronounced by average finn sounds funny.

"Thö reis vas veri haaart. Lukkily ai vas eiple tö stop ät pitstop änd ket soum kaaas." ;D
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Anhedonia on January 05, 2007, 01:26:29 pm
In finnish it's easier because we speak it phonetically. Theres really no need to think how some vowel or consonant is pronounced when they all are pronounced as they are. This means thou that we speak english very funnily. Every english word pronounced by average finn sounds funny.

"Thö reis vas veri haaart. Lukkily ai vas eiple tö stop ät pitstop änd ket soum kaaas." ;D

But on the downside; when you say "Minä rakastan sinua" in finnish ("I love you") it sounds like you want to strangle the person with some barb wire.

I like the finnish language though. There are soft words that are really beautiful. A band in Sweden, Laakso, who has some songs on meänkieli (a mixture between ruotsifinnish and finnish, coming from northern Sweden) is really good. Have you heard them? Their first finnish album will be released soon (http://www.myspace.com/laaksofi)
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: WereVolvo on January 05, 2007, 04:21:11 pm


But on the downside; when you say "Minä rakastan sinua" in finnish ("I love you") it sounds like you want to strangle the person with some barb wire.


That is SO going into my sig ;D

Have some karma, dude... I nearly crapped myself laughing
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Fallout on January 05, 2007, 05:02:11 pm
"Thö reis vas veri haaart. Lukkily ai vas eiple tö stop ät pitstop änd ket soum kaaas." ;D

That is SO going into my sig ;D
Have some karma, dude... I nearly crapped myself laughing


:D
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Gravehill on January 05, 2007, 05:56:43 pm
But on the downside; when you say "Minä rakastan sinua" in finnish ("I love you") it sounds like you want to strangle the person with some barb wire.

I like the finnish language though. There are soft words that are really beautiful. A band in Sweden, Laakso, who has some songs on meänkieli (a mixture between ruotsifinnish and finnish, coming from northern Sweden) is really good. Have you heard them? Their first finnish album will be released soon (http://www.myspace.com/laaksofi)
Yeah... There is song named "Rakkaus on ruma sana" (Rakkaus (love) is an ugly word). More softer word for love is lempi but it's rarely used. Rakkaus is one of the funny words in finnish, really. But we have those so much... And when you consider dialects as well it just gets hilarious. One of the dialects called savo dialect (spoken here where I live) has one word which is almost impossible to anyone but savonian to pronounce correctly. Word is kualkiäryle in vanilla finnish kaalikääryle. It is food which is something like cabbage roll with minced meat and rice stuffing. Melts in mouth better than it counterpart savo dialect word.

I think that I've heard Laakso at past but I cannot remember where.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Anhedonia on January 05, 2007, 06:05:19 pm


But on the downside; when you say "Minä rakastan sinua" in finnish ("I love you") it sounds like you want to strangle the person with some barb wire.


That is SO going into my sig ;D

Have some karma, dude... I nearly crapped myself laughing

 ;D

Thanks for the karma, friend.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Laser.T on January 05, 2007, 07:24:52 pm
Oh lawd was that a word with no vowels?

no.

[rIðm]

quite the vowel indeed...

a word without a vowel is when you say "and" so fast it's just "n." but that's not so cool.

of course if you meant a word spelled with no vowels, you'd still be wrong. a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y! like in sky.(which is really [skhaj])

I'm fascinated by phonetics. I'm one of those people that like to invent alphabets and languages (sad as it is) - but that's aside. When you look at the word sky, phoentically it is broken down into s, k, then a followed by j (which in universal phonetics represents a vowel y sound for English speakers). Now, the phonetics you provide, also put in a superscript h to represent an aired movement before the vowel. Now this is what fascinates me. Why is this little h necessary? I mean, try to say sky without that aired h. Pretty tough, the k followed by aj can't be done, certainly not in a relaxed voice. I think it's just phoneticists being pedantic.

Anyway, totally off-topic. I'll send myself a warning...
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: PrescriptiveBarony on January 05, 2007, 08:44:19 pm
Yeah, the superscript h represents aspiration. It may not actually be fully there in sky. The difference is (if you're a native english speaker) saying "pot" toward the back of your hand (you feel the puff of air) and then saying "spot." (so we'd call those [phat] and [spat]) I felt like it was there in sky because of the general sonority of the word and the necessary emphasis, but it may well be pedantic. Phonetic transcription is a very subjective subject; things depend on dialect, speed, ability to hear, prejudices, etc, at least the small things like that. But we know that aspiration is a valid feature, because in some languages, like Hindi, the only difference between two words can be aspiration. That's how all features are decided; we don't bother marking it unless somewhere something actually cares.

funny words are the ones from early america:

hootenanny (or hoedown)
gadzooks!

... i'm blanking on the others.

Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Sirix on January 06, 2007, 05:49:04 pm
Oh lawd was that a word with no vowels?

no.

[rIðm]

quite the vowel indeed...

a word without a vowel is when you say "and" so fast it's just "n." but that's not so cool.

of course if you meant a word spelled with no vowels, you'd still be wrong. a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y! like in sky.(which is really [skhaj])

I'm fascinated by phonetics. I'm one of those people that like to invent alphabets and languages (sad as it is) - but that's aside. When you look at the word sky, phoentically it is broken down into s, k, then a followed by j (which in universal phonetics represents a vowel y sound for English speakers). Now, the phonetics you provide, also put in a superscript h to represent an aired movement before the vowel. Now this is what fascinates me. Why is this little h necessary? I mean, try to say sky without that aired h. Pretty tough, the k followed by aj can't be done, certainly not in a relaxed voice. I think it's just phoneticists being pedantic.

Anyway, totally off-topic. I'll send myself a warning...

I completly think it's on topic... when you spell worlds phoeneticaly they can look or sound funny (if you pronounce it wrong...)
most people who haven't taken a linguistics course, or read a book of the like, would never know something like "fej:z" pronounced "phase". they'd be all "feh-jiz?"

last semmestre I had a linguistics course and my professor gave us an exercise with 50 words spelled phoeneticaly... we had to try to say them out loud and figure out what they were.  It was super fun and interesting as all frig.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: MDX on January 06, 2007, 09:02:21 pm
Funny word. cake.

now say it without the vowels.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Jack Lupino on January 06, 2007, 09:12:00 pm
ak ?
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Lysix on January 06, 2007, 09:13:05 pm
ak ?


A is a vowel, you dunce.

ck.
cook!
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Jack Lupino on January 06, 2007, 09:13:44 pm
Ooh, lemme try again !
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 06, 2007, 11:02:40 pm
ak ?


A is a vowel, you dunce.


That made me laugh pretty hard, plause for you, cuz even I knew that!
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Sirix on January 07, 2007, 01:47:30 am
ak ?


i'd like to say that that was more clever than dumb.

cudos to you for putting yourself down and at the sword points of forumers quick to jump.  All for the sake of humour


I APPRECIATE YOU
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Jack Lupino on January 07, 2007, 03:14:52 am
lol.. just. lol.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 07, 2007, 04:06:50 am
I don't care stab me with the "swords" all you want, I enjoy a good joke.

I never said he was dumb I was fuckin around.

Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Sirix on January 07, 2007, 07:36:37 am
I don't care stab me with the "swords" all you want, I enjoy a good joke.

I never said he was dumb I was fuckin around.



I didn't say you called him dumb.
I said you stabbed him with a sword.

duh.

frig!
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 07, 2007, 08:47:34 am
I miss understood you, but now I'm insulted, I stabbed with a sword because I compared himself to me.

lol
*cries
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: harvey danger on January 07, 2007, 09:03:45 am
funny words are the ones from early america:

hootenanny (or hoedown)
gadzooks!

... i'm blanking on the others.



Shenanigans?
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Irrationalist on January 07, 2007, 10:51:13 am
Reminds me the movie Waiting.
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Laser.T on January 07, 2007, 01:14:24 pm
Back on topic or it gets locked, people.

My ex-girlfriend used to to think words like Bubble and anything that rhymed with it were quite funny. I guess they do sound quite silly when you say them. Ya know, sometimes I'm not sure why I went out with her
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Fallout on January 07, 2007, 05:49:12 pm
Back on topic or it gets locked, people.

My ex-girlfriend used to to think words like Bubble and anything that rhymed with it were quite funny. I guess they do sound quite silly when you say them. Ya know, sometimes I'm not sure why I went out with her

EEHEEHEEHEEEHEHEHEHEH BUBBLE FLUBBLE UBBLE GUBBLE
Title: Re: Funny sounding words in english
Post by: Gravehill on January 07, 2007, 06:44:38 pm
I was hoping that this would stay on topic, grow and develop. That it's worth to let some of these to stay General. It seems that I was wrong. Well, lesson learned. Locked.