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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by {KOW}Spazed, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. {KOW}Spazed

    {KOW}Spazed Banned

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    Cicadas

    Cicada, how do you say it? I've heard at least four different pronunciations including one from SWAT Cats.

    I say it Si-Kay-Duh.

    I've heard; Si-Ka-Da, Si-Sa-Da, Ci-Kay-Da
     
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    Sih-Kah-Dah

    edit: you're both weird.
     
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    Sih-Kay-Dah.
     
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    For what little I can read phonetic writing and turn it to English, OED accepts both Sih-Kay-Duh and Sih-Kah-Duh.

    I'm not sure if I'm right on the count on spelling the last syllable, but the last vowel you hear is "the indeterminate sound as in garden, carnal and rhythm" according to OED, so set me right if I've done something dumb again.
     
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    Sih-kah-dah. Sih-kay-dah is more of an American pronunciation. For some reason Americans make some internal vowels long when there's no indication that you should do so.
     
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    I think you meant to highlight the "y" rather than the "m" but yes, it's an unstressed vowel. English speakers are rarely aware of it, but it makes an entirely independent sound and can be represented by any of the vowels or semi-vowels. It just sounds like a short "uh" or something.
     
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    "Semi" /jpn

    I pronounce the English word "sih kay dah" more or less. The "dah" has a schwa in it according to my mouth.
     
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    Who cares? They are pretty fun to hit with a bat when your bored though.
     
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    I didn't: that's what OED says. Sowwy. Besides, to me rhythm's y is totally different vowel, like i in sit. There's no written vowel in rhythm to go with that "uh", it's there between th and m.


    Yeah, that's why I spelt it "duh", though I'm still not sure whether I got it right.
     
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    However you pronouce it, the truly important information is how do you shut them up?
     
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    Oh right, they mean the implicit vowel sound... I guess italicising nothing doesn't get their point across very well.
     
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    I pronounce it: "Bum-ble-bee Tu-na"
     
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    Yes. Uh huh. Yep.
     
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    An awful many seems to spell the last syllable "dah". If the vowel therein is anything like the a in either car or adult, you're according to OED, spelling it wrong.

    The problem with us foreigners is that spelling by syllables isn't helping, since you have no consistent rules for them anyways.
     
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    Double post monster!
     
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    Si k??d?

    Does that come out?
     
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    Guh-dam buh-ugs
     
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    Are these the same thing as locusts?
     
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    I've heard them called locusts in some forms of English, but "locust" more often refers to the cricket-like bug that flies across Africa in swarms of billions and eats everyone's crops. (cf. Biblical punishments)
     
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    Yeah, that's one way to say it. I just kinda noticed that adult can be pronounced in two ways, the other of which has exactly that "indeterminate sound" I was looking for as it's first vowel. I feel real smart.

    Durf sounds really dictionary-y today Combining that to the fact that his 'tar couldn't look any dumber even if it had Three Stooges in it makes for quite a surrealistic feeling.
     

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