Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    balakrishnanijk is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Malayalam
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    223
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default are they casual or deliberate

    A foreign learner might be surprised to find that a good number of American proper names are clothed in euphony and melody although learning to spell them can be a bit difficult: Tallahassee, Cincinnati,Massachusetts,Mississippi,Tennessee, Andreessen, Condoleezza,and scores of others. I am afraid I don't know whether I have misspelled any of them in my modest attempt. Well, what I would like to know is whether words like these are born out of casualness or not.

  2. #2
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,169
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: are they casual or deliberate

    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


  3. #3
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    16,291
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: are they casual or deliberate

    As you probably know, the European settlers who came to "the New World" were met by people who'd lived here for thousands of years. Many of the words that even we American struggle with are attempts to write the Native American words in their more familiar alphabets. I think I was probably a teenager before I could spell Massachusetts without wondering whether I'd missed a letter or added one that didn't belong.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  4. #4
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    8,888
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: are they casual or deliberate

    I imagine most of those place names are Native American (or attempts by English settlers to spell the names used by Native Americans.

    Condeleeza is a different story. It's derived from an Italian musical term. It's not a common name at all.

  5. #5
    rj1948 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Tamil
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    619
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: are they casual or deliberate

    What do you think of SIVASANKARASURAMANYA IYER THOTTATHTHIL?

  6. #6
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    13,048
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: are they casual or deliberate

    Who's that, rj. . . or where's that. . . or what's that?

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] Looking for word: Deliberate hiring of the less qualified
    By contacnathan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-Aug-2011, 11:43
  2. casual as I may seem
    By GUEST2008 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Jun-2011, 19:56
  3. casual assurance
    By ionutzavram in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Mar-2008, 22:56
  4. casual assurence
    By ionutzavram in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 20-Feb-2008, 17:53
  5. Deliberate learner
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-Sep-2007, 15:13

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk