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I remember many years ago reading an exam script on a question I had set my students about the developmental psychologist Jean Piaget. Throughout the answer, the student kept referring to "PRJ" - obviously he'd been to my lectures but never bothered to read anything. I guess my English West Country accent must have been much stronger in those days!

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Similarly to your story, Mike, there's a French mathematician named Lebesgue. Math students often encounter his name when they read about the Lebesgue integral. His name is pronounced "le BEG." (To be sure, I have no idea how his name is supposed to be pronounced. What I mean is that his name is, in practice, pronounced that way.)

You can always spot a student who has done some reading ahead, because he'll ask questions about the "le BEZ gue" integral. Or in the reverse direction, I once figured out fellow student of mine never read any books, because he referred to Lebesgue integration as "the big integration."
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Does Cindy like your singing when you're not in the shower?

Does Cindy like you when you're not singing in the shower?

Does she like you when you're in the shower but not singing?

My first philosophy instructor said he once had a student who wrote about the philosophy of Harris Tuttle. I'm not sure if that was true or not, because he also told us Newton's friends called him "Fig."

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"20 Common Grammar Mistakes that (Almost) Everyone Makes" -LitReactor:
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On 2011-11-03 18:04, Thom Bliss wrote:


My first philosophy instructor said he once had a student who wrote about the philosophy of Harris Tuttle. I'm not sure if that was true or not, because he also told us Newton's friends called him "Fig."

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Making fun of grammar rules: Smile

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On 2011-10-31 13:03, MobilityBundle wrote:
His name is pronounced "le BEG." (To be sure, I have no idea how his name is supposed to be pronounced. What I mean is that his name is, in practice, pronounced that way.)

It's supposed to be closer to <luh bayg>. (It's difficult to find an English cognate to the pronunciation of the French "Le"; it's not exactly <le>, and not exactly <luh>, but, maybe, something in between. The vowel in the second syllable is closer to a long "a" than a short "e".) I write this as something of an authority: although I speak precious little French, I'm assured by people who speak French natively that, when I do, I speak it with a perfect, Parisian accent. I can only credit my French professor with that one.
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On 2011-10-31 12:01, Michael Daniels wrote:
I remember many years ago reading an exam script on a question I had set my students about the developmental psychologist Jean Piaget. Throughout the answer, the student kept referring to "PRJ" - obviously he'd been to my lectures but never bothered to read anything. I guess my English West Country accent must have been much stronger in those days!

That's hilarious!
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On 2011-04-28 14:30, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Around here, most people seem to think that Tijuana is Tiajuana, and Westminster is Westminister.

In a similar vein, in Orange, CA, most people seem to think that the main N/S street near the 57 Freeway is Tustin Avenue. In fact, it's Tustin Street. It's Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana (just to the South of Orange), and Tustin Avenue in Anaheim (just to the North of Orange), but in Orange it's Street. When I was in high school I'd have won a free lunch at KFC (which was Kentucky Fried Chicken back then) if the girl working the counter had had faith in her convictions.
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"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Pet peeves- Magicians who spell "sleight" as "slight" and everyone who writes "loose" when they mean "lose."
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Yeah, "loose" grates on me, too. I still say the most common one in wide use is "definately."

Not a spelling issue, but more and more I'm seeing a widespread phenomenon where verb phrases are disappearing. For instance, I've seen things like "The dog needs walked" instead of "the dog needs to be walked."
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Haven't heard that yet, but will listen for it.

Notice how many people write "per say" instead of "per se?"
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Just today I found three instances (right here on the Café) of people writing "momento" instead of "memento."

Arggh!
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On 2013-05-07 14:09, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Yeah, "loose" grates on me, too. I still say the most common one in wide use is "definately."

Not a spelling issue, but more and more I'm seeing a widespread phenomenon where verb phrases are disappearing. For instance, I've seen things like "The dog needs walked" instead of "the dog needs to be walked."


One year and seven minutes between this post and the one above it. It's an omen!
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Ummmmm I don't get it. The seven minutes, yeah, but the year?!
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Critter- Yes. The omen means "check your reading glasses." Both posts were written on the same day, seven minutes apart.
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My spelling mistakes are never mental! Hell I've won my school's 5th AND 6th spelling bee though I lost in the regionals fairly ealry on... Its just that my mind has so many thoughts racing at once. Im thinking about one thing and having as conversation about another thing, which should be imposible for a human! I will spellcheck when Im on tha CPU but please forgive me if I speak in txt speak because I only access tha magic Café thru my phone which isn't smart.
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Thanks for clarifying that foreva, I've really wondered sometimes whether you were for real or not. You are forgiven. At least by me anyway. I can't vouch for the rest of this bunch. Smile
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