Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, July 10, 2014 – epenthesis
Posted on 07/10/2014 5:16:40 AM PDT by secret garden
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
the insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of a word.
The "b" in the adjective "nimble" is the result of epenthesis; in Middle English, the word was spelled "nimel."
"When Yogi Bear talks about swiping 'pick-a-nick' baskets in Jellystone Park, it sounds as if he's just having fun, but he's also demonstrating 'epenthesis,' inserting a vowel to avoid the consonants bumping up against each other."
Ruth Walker,The Christian Science Monitor, August 15, 2012
If you say "film" as "FIL-um," with two syllables, you've committed epenthesis. It isn't a punishable offensein fact, it's not an offense at all. It is simply a natural way to break up an awkward cluster of consonants. It's easier for some people to say "film" as two syllables instead of one, just as it's easier for some to insert a "b" sound into "cummerbund," pronouncing that word as "CUM-ber-bund. From Late Latin from Greek, from epentithenai to insert, from epi- + en- ² + tithenai to place] and from Greek thésis a setting down, something set down, equivalent to the- (stem of tithénai to put, set down) + -sis -sis
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
Rise and shine!
Warsh! As in, I warshed my hands and face!
you got the sound of a Pittsburgher about ya!
And I just thought I had taken a deep dive into the dictionary and thesaurus then along comes this thread with the Word of the Day.
Nearly died from epenthesisis when I was a kid.
Tall and tan with curves and creases
The Girl from Epenthesis unleashes
My heart’s kinesis
I go to pieces
The addition of vowels to the name Obama is a perfect example of epenthesisis.
Obama used a phone and a pen thesis
Constitution was put in parenthesis
Separation of Powers
Was sent to the showers
Two centuries, he put an end to this
Brother Cracker, you started an epithenetic trend with epenthesisis. It is visibely infecatious.
I can name that tune in 5 notes!
My real-a-tor got a nice commission for selling a house, so she bought some jewel-a-ry.
Did that jewel a ree contain any alu min ium?
Did that jewel a ree contain any alu min ium?
Just the tiniest bit of bright shiny a-lumina-minimum ....
They pronounced it that way three times on 24 this week. It was jaw-dropping, because it was by the joint chief and the president.
But you got better. Welcome to WFTD!
Well done. A+ for you!
Remember how he couldn’t even name the three branches of government? Good job, Harvard Law, passing someone that stupid. A+ for you!
Someone get that man a Gilette.
Spoken like a true verbal ath-a-lete. Extra credit noted.
well isn’t that how W pronounced it [and was made fun of for it]?
Doesn’t Neil have him on often? he’s a goofball, but can be funny.
Yes, lots of people pronounce it that way so I thought it was a funny nod to him, that it’s obvious what he is talking about so why hammer him on the pronunciation? If we’re using that word, we have bigger fish to fry!
Is that a legitiment* word ??
(* oft-heard verbal "liniment" ;)
Yes, you might say it’s legit. 2 legit, 2 legit to quit!!
Also, A for you!
I go to school to learn words like epenthesis — also reading, writing, & arith-i-ma-tics.
Very graciuous of you ;!
A for you!
very cool. soother prob even recognizes the movies the clips are from. The only one I recognize is the Night of the Living Dead. What was Hermione in that was filmed in pgh?
We need more little afternoon showers like yesterday, so
With his practical epenthesis,
AT least Bush would have tried
To undo congressional messes
Instead of running to hide
He wouldn’t have gone nu-cu-ler
But he’d know what it takes
To come up with a strategery
For even his own mistakes
Obama just plays pool and golf
And does fund raisers at night-
Fifteen thousand bucks a plate
While hiding in plain sight...
I think that’s from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. My son said it was a good book, before the movie came out.
I love that you put strategery in there. A++! And send some showers to us. We had a cool front roll in overnight but all it did was reduce the humidity by about 5%. Not that I’m complaining, but we haven’t had any rain for weeks and we need it.
When I gave the dog a few sunflower kernels at breakfast, same as every morning, Midget girl stood up with her paws on the chair edge, begging, so I put a few on a paper towel and set it on the floor in front of her. She ate them-I’ve never seen a cat eat stuff like that-I had put fresh food in their bowls less than an hour before...
We haven’t had rain in a coup[le of weeks, either-those little showers don’t do much more than cool things down, but that is fine-we need some real rain...
Thank you! And will you share the cool front? The days are at and above 90 now...
Jules was barking his fool head off a doe this AM> I guess she was in the yard eating apples, and I let him out around 5:20 and then I heard him barking thinking, GREAT, am sure the neighbors appreciate that at this hour, and when I opened the front door and went out, I saw her on the other side of the flower bed from him, looking alarmed, before she took off across the neighbors yard and fence. He was constrained by the electric fence and can’t cross the driveway.
she’s such a COPYCATTER! ; )
My cat refuses to eat anything but his dry cat food. He doesn’t even like cat tricks and thinks we are trying to poison him.
I saw a doe with her fawn in the river alongside the trail this morning. And there was a tom turkey strutting his stuff out in one of the fields.
Whose apples are the deer eating-are they fallen ones? We put 6 foot game fencing around fruit trees and gardens-fruit that has fallen to the ground is all the critters get...
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