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Café / Re: Town pronunciations
« Last post by admin on October 18, 2017, 12:21:28 pm »
Thanks Betha

Confused of Lydbury North :)
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Café / Re: Town pronunciations
« Last post by Bertha on October 18, 2017, 12:07:24 pm »
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Café / Re: Town pronunciations
« Last post by Bertha on October 18, 2017, 11:51:47 am »
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Café / Re: Town pronunciations
« Last post by admin on October 18, 2017, 09:57:59 am »
Interesting question young Darryl. I would always say River Thames, River Severn etc. But, I agree, the Mississippi River. Perhaps it is to do with the length of the word? River has two syllables so, perhaps, if the name has two syllables or fewer, it is the River Blah-blah - or maybe we just say what the locals say. I would say River Swan until I heard locals saying Swan River.

Ideas folks?
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Café / Re: Town pronunciations
« Last post by Darryl on October 18, 2017, 08:52:16 am »
And while I'm on about place names, can anyone enlighten me on the difference between the Thames River and the River Thames? Is it the Nile River or the River Nile? We have the same thing in Australia - some say the Murray River and others the River Murray.
Does a river have to be important before its name can be reversed? And the rivers that do this seem to have shorter names. You don't hear the River Mississippi much. And some rivers never seem to be candidates for the reversal; I don't think I have ever heard Perth's river referred to as the River Swan.
Maybe it's a bit snobby like Shrowsbury. Ordinary folk say the Severn River and the upper classes refer to the River Severn??
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Café / For Mr Tasker
« Last post by Darryl on October 18, 2017, 08:42:20 am »
Mr Tasker, I'm sure other members of the forum have read with interest your thoughtful and informative replies to some pretty curly questions. We would like to welcome you to the Lydbury forum and thank you for taking such care in providing detailed and very helpful advice.
Perhaps you would like to tell us whereabouts you are from and a little about yourself?
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Language Questions / ---- history, peculiar
« Last post by t k on October 18, 2017, 04:19:58 am »
Though she boasted an unequalled familiarity with the secret chronicles of society, she had the innocence of the school-girl who regards wickedness as a part of "history," and to whom it never occurs that the scandals she reads of in lesson-hours may be repeating themselves in the next street. Mrs. Peniston had kept her imagination shrouded, like the drawing-room furniture. She knew, of course, that society was "very much changed," and that many women her mother would have thought "peculiar" were now in a position to be critical about their visiting-lists; she had discussed the perils of divorce with her rector, and had felt thankful at times that Lily was still unmarried; but the idea that any scandal could attach to a young girl's name, above all that it could be lightly coupled with that of a married man, was so new to her that she was as much aghast as if she had been accused of leaving her carpets down all summer, or of violating any of the other cardinal laws of housekeeping.  (from The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "history" and "peculiar".  Do they mean different from the dictionary meanings?  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / Re: Meaning
« Last post by chuliona on October 17, 2017, 06:03:54 pm »
Thanks Duncan, Darryl and Britta. The explanation is very helpful.
Iona
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Language Questions / Re: conversational editing
« Last post by Takashi on October 17, 2017, 04:46:54 pm »
Thank you very much indeed, Darryl!
Everything is clear now.

Takashi
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