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Spelling Blues

11
Oct
2013
 

By Miranda

Every now and then in this job you have a moment of simply hating words instead of loving them.


It's the great microphone debate. No, nothing to do with politics. This one goes to whether we should use MIKE as an accepted, as it has been, word for a microphone, or use the more modern MIC.


I'm inclined towards keeping both, though research (very limited sample, no double-blind - among actual live people, that is, as online it's emphatically MIC) indicates there's a watershed at about age 35 on the MIKE/MIC preference.


But wait, there's more. If we hold to the old MIKE, it's comparatively simple to add the verb form derived from it as MIKES, MIKED and MIKING, as in "We're miking the tenor and soprano separately".


But, if we embrace the new (oh, very well, it's been around for ages) MIC, then the verb form becomes MICES, MICED and MICING as in "We're micing the tenor and soprano separately to hear the squeaks".


Yes, there are ways around this. We can use MIC and MICS for the noun sense, singular and plural. Then we can use  MIC, MIKES, MIKED and MIKING for the verbs. It's not impossible. English spelling allows this little phonetic hint. Well, let's face it, English spelling allows practically anything if enough people do it.

Or we can roll out the apostrophe.


This would give us the verb forms MIC, MIC'S, MIC'ED and MIC'ING.

In the case of MIC'S, someone's sure to upbraid us with "What belongs to the MIC?", taking the apostrophe for a possessive use. I would plead that we can't make it MIC'ES, it looks ridiculous.


But, if we do use MIC'S then do we, for consistency, have to use MIC'D and MIC'NG, or not.


Spent the weekend assembling flat-pack furniture - it's entirely stress-free in comparison to thinking this one through. Also no vermin.


So, what are your thoughts?


552 Responses to

Spelling Blues

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said:
October 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I think that sounds enormously challenging Martin. I would forget who was who...

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October 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM

But it would be nice to have back-up if you make a comment and it all went quiet... You could probably be quite nice to yourself...

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October 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

A bit like your own cheer-squad...

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October 28, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Me, myself, and I. You could even argue with yourself, though it could be embarrassing to lose the argument. With my Jewish ancestry, I could even try a three-sided argument, though it would be awfully confusing to anyone else unless I used different names. Would ad hominem arguments cause self-inflicted wounds?

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October 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Mmmm. Perhaps I could do with some in real life as well...

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October 28, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Acually, I think I saw a lady the other day with hers. She was having a lovely conversation as she walked along on her own...

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October 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

It's a lovely idea, especially if you can you converse with a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye. As opposed to the embarrassment of responding to someone else's greeting, only to discover that they have a phone on the other side of their face!

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October 29, 2013 at 5:58 AM

So, Nanna_j, why do you have so many avatars? (Martin, you made me laugh)

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October 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I'm thinking, nanna_j, that maybe you had a conflict on 'Chat' and wanted to start fresh. Was that it?

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October 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM

But confusing people with multiple id's just upsets everyone and undermines our trust and good faith that people are genuine.

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October 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Everyone says things at some time they regret. And have conflicts. For a while I think Noonee hated me after we heatedly disagreed about 'Nursing'. But we just avoided each other for a while and now we great mates again. Hey, Noonee.

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October 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM

What I'm trying to say is, please just have one avatar. Toss away the others. People will trust you again that way. And you will likely learn from your mistakes if you are accountable. All the best. XO