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Dictionaries are descriptive, not prescriptive, and if everybody started pronouncing space with a silent ‘p’ or genius with a hard ‘g’, then Oxford Dictionaries would reflect that fact. But there are some pronunciations, of course, which are more widely accepted than others. Some words – like scone and schedule – have two widely accepted pronunciations. But […]more
The tendency to wax hyperbolic seems to be hard-wired into our brains. Electronic communications also encourage this leaning towards excessive emphasis. We really don’t want our online audience to be in any doubt *whatsoever* [see what I did there?] as to the meaning and tone of what we are writing, so we add emoticons, bung […]more