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Re: Weird!
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 03:20:26 PM »

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Brilliant!

Except for the fact that it made me feel vaguely airsick!

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2019, 03:47:13 PM »
Wasn't quite sure what was so weird about it.

BTW why is weird not spelled wierd?
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 06:45:35 PM »
I didn't think it was weird either. Ad_o, 'weird' is spelled 'weird'.
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 06:51:01 PM »
Ad_o, 'weird' is spelled 'weird'.

I know, but if you think about how you pronounce it the e and the i should be the other way round.
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Re: Weird!
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 07:30:55 PM »
I didn't think it was weird either. Ad_o, 'weird' is spelled 'weird'.

i before e except after c. That's weird...
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Re: Weird!
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2019, 09:01:33 PM »
There are so many exceptions to that rule, 'weird' being one of them.
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Re: Weird!
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2019, 10:34:43 PM »
You DID try zooming in, I take it?
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2019, 10:37:23 PM »
I thought Wanking was a town in China until I discovered Smirnoff.

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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2019, 10:46:52 PM »
I thought Wanking was a town in China until I discovered Smirnoff.

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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2019, 12:02:21 PM »
i before e except after c. That's weird...

This rule is not appropriate in this case - "i" and "e" are part of different phonemes. The rule applies only when "i" and "e" are members of a single phoneme.
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2019, 01:17:37 PM »
This rule is not appropriate in this case - "i" and "e" are part of different phonemes. The rule applies only when "i" and "e" are members of a single phoneme.
It also only applies when the sound they make is the ee in (e.g.) "bee". In fact, the full mnemonic is "i before e excepot after c when the word rhymes with bee". Even then, though, I think there are exceptions, so I think it's a mnemonic best igmnored. (See what I did there?)
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2019, 01:29:10 PM »
I think it's a mnemonic best igmnored. (See what I did there?)
Yes people say that a lot but they ignore the relative frequency with which the words that conform to the rule appear with respect to those that don't.
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2019, 04:35:59 AM »

Flippin' heck! I've seen some derails in my time on here but this one is a lulu! ;D 8)
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2019, 05:17:53 AM »
Morning Owl. What is weird is you & I being up at crack of dawn, I heard a 'weird' noise outside, dunno what but got up and had some milk, what's your excuse? I didn't find original post weird, seen things like that before. Can even get my house up on google earth if I want to & think it's intrusive (not for me but others seeing me putting out bins and hanging washing in dressing gown). I enjoyed the English lesson, forgotten a lot  of that which learned at school so good for English scholars to give a refresher course.
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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2019, 08:47:10 AM »
I know, but if you think about how you pronounce it the e and the i should be the other way round.


How weird, I think it is pronounced with the 'e' coming first.
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« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2019, 08:50:49 AM »

How weird, I think it is pronounced with the 'e' coming first.
So do I. If it was pronounced with the i first, it'd sound like "wired".
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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2019, 08:52:04 AM »
So do I. If it was pronounced with the i first, it'd sound like "wired".


WOW we are in agreement. :)
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Re: Weird!
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2019, 08:53:09 AM »
Don't clear your diary to wait for the next time it happens.
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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2019, 08:56:14 AM »
Don't clear your diary to wait for the next time it happens.


 :P ;D
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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2019, 08:56:47 AM »
I agree too, it doesn't sound 'weird' to pronounce 'weird' as "weird".
We are seriously weird though, talking about weirdness before brek (I don't mean Brexit by the way, that gives a whole new meaning to 'weird'). Well I haven't had 'brekky' yet, don't know about you. I'm still half asleep.
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Re: Weird!
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2019, 08:59:54 AM »
Getting back to the topic, has anyone tried finding this group, or the woman on the mobile in the other close-up?
See how long it takes you to find this group.
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