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Graphic novelist abandons the superhero genre, saying that today's comic-book characters are more bullies than representatives of 'a wellspring of the imagination'


 

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I say "offen" cuz that's how Teacher learned me.

Here's a question, though: Do you say Croy-sant or Kwah-saun, when ordering a croissant? The audible pronunciation guide at Answers.com suggests the latter, but it always seems like a "class-conscious affectation" when I say it that way. Croy-sant, on the other hand, makes me feel like a hick, so I often try to blend the two, which is awkward. Sometimes I'll actually order something else just to avoid having to pronounce it.

I try to stay mindful of the fact that pronunciations are usually foisted upon us by upbringing, especially since I say "aigs" for eggs, but when I lived in Minnesota, there were a number of pronunciations that bugged the fuck out of me. One was "dint" for "didn't." Minnesotans also say "borrow me," as in, "borrow me a dollar," which also bugs the fuck out of me. But that's a usage thing, not a pronunciation thing.

Sometimes I'll actually order something else just to avoid having to pronounce it.

almost choked on my aigs when i read that. great comment, very funny.

here in israel, the hebrew pronounciation pretty much splits the difference- "kra-sahnt" with a rolled "r" that would make any proper frenchman gag.

I say often more often than offen. Same reason why I pronounce the "t" in "mountain", cause it was difficult for me to be understood by native speakers if I tried it without it.

I always say the "t". But sometimes my midwestern neighbors ask me to say "orange" or "water" because I sound all east coasty when I say those.

No shit! I say fuck the asterisks.

My brother admonished me once for using expletives in an email exchange about religion. (He's borderline fanatic) I explained that they are just words, and I use them when I trust the person I'm speaking with to focus on the meaning of what I'm saying, rather than the words I use to illustrate my point. Or rather, with the ability to do so.

Then I refrained from using them. I still don't know whether he got my point of accommodating him or not.

re: jesus cross dressing etc.- absolutely hysterical! i almost didn't click on it and my life would be much the poorer if i had followed my initial instinct. must read!

The first comment made me laugh out loud:

Methinks Pastor Anderson doth ruminate upon homosexuality a fair part past the ordinary interest. Methinks he is a spooge fiend, and shouldst be made to parade about the city in aught but loin cloth and scarf. Oh, and he should sing show tunes. And dance a bit. He mayest not wear denim but chaps would be just fine.

The first comment made me laugh out loud:

Methinks Pastor Anderson doth ruminate upon homosexuality a fair part past the ordinary interest. Methinks he is a spooge fiend, and shouldst be made to parade about the city in aught but loin cloth and scarf. Oh, and he should sing show tunes. And dance a bit. He mayest not wear denim but chaps would be just fine.

Shit! Er, I mean, Sh*t! Double post!

Hmm, so scamming one person out of a lot of money is a crime, but not scamming thousands out of less money in exactly the same way. Stupid family, they should have called themselves "faith-healers", not psychics.

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