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  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,455

    Sorry, just bugged myself by not putting a question mark on the end of that question.

    Does it bother anyone when I use the description, "bug" to mean something that's annoying?

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,010

    Gridling ;

    Just to put 'the cat amongst the pidgeons' so to speak ; Weigela , a popular garden shrub , named after Christian Ehrenfried von Weigel should be pronounced VEE-GEL-A !

    Maybe you find that just as annoying as your pathetic post  on nee-fof-ee-a image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,744

    Should dahlia be pronounce Dal i a, with Dal rhyming with pal and not with day? after Anders Dahl?

    Dare we open the can of worms that is the pronunciation of Clematis?

  • Not pronunciation but interesting nonetheless dear fellow pedants. image

    Antisocial vs Asocial

    Antisocial people perform actions against others, frequently engaging in reckless, irresponsible, and at times illegal behaviors. In contrast, asocial people chronically withdraw from others due to shyness or not being interested in interpersonal contact.

    Prejudiced vs Discriminatory

    Prejudice refers to a belief, discrimination to a behavior. Specifically, prejudice means arriving at a premature — and usually negative — judgment of others based on their membership in one or more categories (e.g., African-American, Jew, obese, Republican), whereas discrimination refers to the act of treating others poorly as a function of this membership.

    Race vs Ethnicity

    Race refers to a class, such as Caucasian or African-American, that is defined by biological differences such as white versus brown or black skin. Ethnicity is a broader concept, such as German or Chinese-American, that includes race as well as cultural variables such as country of origin, customs, and preferred language.

    Serial killer vs Mass Murderer

    A serial killer kills multiple people in a string of incidents that are separated by ‘cooling off’ periods, whereas a mass murderer kills a large number of people in a single incident.

    ‘Sex’ versus ‘gender.’

    The latest edition of the American Psychological Association’s style manual reserves ‘sex’ for biological differences and ‘gender’ for social differences. For example, when referring to men and women in the context of socially defined groups, one should typically use gender, not sex.

    Anxiety versus Fear

    Anxiety is associated with negative affect in the presence of an ambiguous and potentially avoidable threat, whereas fear is associated with negative affect in the presence of an imminent and largely unavoidable threat. Even after the threat is gone, anxiety tends to persist whereas fear tends to diminish or disappear.

    Empathy versus Sympathy

    ‘Empathy’ versus ‘sympathy.’ Most authors define empathy as the capacity to appreciate or grasp the emotions of others. In sympathy, the individual typically experiences concern or compassion for the other person but does not necessarily have the same emotional experience.

    ‘Shame’ versus ‘guilt.’

    Most research suggests that shame reflects a global negative evaluation of oneself following a problematic or unethical behavior (‘I am bad’), whereas guilt reflects a more specific negative evaluation of this behavior (‘I did a bad thing’).

    Delusion versus Hallucination

    ‘ These terms are widely confused in popular culture and occasionally in peer-reviewed literature as well. Delusions are fixed false beliefs that are not widely shared by members of the individual’s culture or subculture, whereas hallucinations are perceptual experiences that occur in the absence of any sensory stimulation.

    ‘Obsession’ versus ‘compulsion.’

    According to the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), obsessions are ‘recurrent and persistent thoughts urges or images that are experienced as intrusive or unwanted’ whereas compulsions are ‘repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels dri

  • B3B3 Posts: 24,477

    Might the original post be from the weekend s**t stirrer?

    Last edited: 17 September 2017 10:38:41

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3 says:

    Might the original post be from the weekend s**t stirrer?

    Last edited: 17 September 2017 10:38:41

    See original post

     Most posts of that sort seem to appear at the weekend ... it seems that the posters have no social life image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • You are quite right, Paul B3,  Vee-gee-lia is another of my pet hates, particularly as it is usually spelled (spelt) wrongly as well. Clem-at-tis / Clemma-tis seems a matter of choice. I'm sure there are hundreds more. But Kniphofia is so obviously not Greek, but a construct. 

    You raise an interesting point, Hostafan 1, but I think most people would find Daaaa-lia a nit-pick too far.

    and plantpauper's article was absolutely fascinating. Thank you!

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,383

    Reminds me of when my parents bought a bungalow in Kent, the next door neighbours introduced themselves, the lady, very posh brought up in India, friends of royalty etc,  said her name was Arrrnn in a nicely drawn out drawl. 

    My mum said to me...whatever is her name, surely not Arnold is there a female version of Arnold, ? of course, her name was Ann.  Not even Princess Ann says that?

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Just discovered a whole previous page of posts! Fascinating!    To Phillipa smith2.... I was told not to use my real name, hence I used the mispronunciation of my name by a 3yr old relative.

    to Alex91... We all know why Prince Phillip changed to Windsor (antiGerman feeling during the war) but why did he originally take his mother's name of Battenberg and not his father's?  I could look it up, but I am writing on my only source of  Google.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,303

    Lyn - that reminds me of an old friend who knew some people who were a bit Hyacinth Bouquet. Their name was Sidebottom, but insisted people pronounce it 'Siddy- bo-tom'.  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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