TheOtherJake

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  1. Mispronunciations

    That's what I was thinking. The Japanese would have no problem with consecutive ē sounds, because they're used to distinguishing single and double vowels (ie = house, iie = no / o = small, oo = big) or putting glottal stops between vowels, but English speakers are not used to that and need the "uh" to hear the ē as a separate sound.
  2. Mispronunciations

    What about words that start with the ē sound? Do you say "the evening" or "thē evening?"
  3. Mispronunciations

    I haven't heard that one, but I agree - it's nogood. One I hear frequently when out to sea is "potable" pronounced as pottable. A number of well-educated commanders pronounce it that way. It definitely ranks in my top 5 pronunciation pet peeves.
  4. Mispronunciations

    I was not irritated. I posted the entry to make the very same point: that language is fluid (i.e. it's not wrong to pronounce the "t" in often.)
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    From Random House: 'Often' was pronounced with a t-sound until the 17th century, when a pronunciation without the "t" came to predominate in the speech of the educated, in both North America and Great Britain, and the earlier pronunciation fell into disfavor. Common use of a spelling pronunciation has since restored the [t] for many speakers, and today  /ˈɔfən/[aw-fuhn] and  /ˈɔftən/[awf-tuhn] or /ˈɒfən/[of-uhn] and [of-tuhn] exist side by side. Although it is still sometimes criticized, 'often' with a /t/[t] is now so widely heard from educated speakers that it has become fully standard once again.
  6. Thanks for yours. I gained a lot of respect for through a few cruises on an LHD.
  7. As far as I know, yes. However, I'm not in the Medical Corps, so I don't know specifics. I have a few friends that were quarantined for 2 weeks due to a case of H1N1 picked up in Australia. I have also seen people sent home from boot camp (released from service), and I have seen people moved from shipboard to shore-based duties due to diseases that would make it unsafe for someone to come in contact with their blood. I've heard that medical records of people with certain diseases (e.g. STDs) are specially marked to ensure medical staff protect themselves, but that could be merely a rumor.
  8. Mac: Please accept my apology.  I started replying to your original post before you finished the second post, so I didn't see your second post, and I didn't know the full context of your thoughts.  Regardless, my first comment was unwarrantedly snarky.  Sorry. RayK: I have been in the U.S. military going on 9 years, both enlisted and as an officer.  I'm currently a helicopter pilot who absolutely has to trust, and be trusted by, his crew to keep everyone in the aircraft alive.  Yes, I understand the comradery which is unique to military service. The intent of my comments was to divorce the issue of "gays in the military" from the issue of "AIDS in the military," and describe the way in which the military already deals with AIDS.
  9. Wow. You must not be in the military. If you were, you would probably know that applicants who test positive for HIV are not allowed to join the Armed Forces. If you test positive for HIV while you're serving, you have to go through further testing/evaluation and may be limited to certain duties (for obvious reasons). The military already addresses this issue in a much better way than it could by simply denying service to homosexuals. There are heterosexuals with HIV/AIDS too. Also, please define "too common". Just exactly what percentage of homosexuals do you think are HIV/AIDS positive?
  10. This also doesn't work. If GEs have already left A and B along the line connecting the two entities, then they have already imparted the "action and reaction" force on their respective entities of origination. How is this force then counteracted when the GEs collide away from A and B?Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is a geometric theory of gravity in which entities are responsible for gravity and the concept of "force" is superfluous. You should read about it.
  11. A nifty theorem in geometry

    Prime number research has applications in cryptography (code-making and code-breaking).