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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,716
    I *often* mix up metaphors when I'm talking, to the point where I think my brain is wired wrongly.
  • masjer
    masjer Posts: 2,611
    The word sporange ruins the factoid that nothing rhymes with orange.
  • masjer said:

    The word sporange ruins the factoid that nothing rhymes with orange.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blorenge
  • masjer
    masjer Posts: 2,611
    edited February 2022
    Blorenge doesn't rhyme with orange.
  • DeVlaeminck
    DeVlaeminck Posts: 8,789
    masjer said:

    Blorenge doesn't rhyme with orange.

    https://youtu.be/CSUO_gr4MAY
    [Castle Donington Ladies FC - going up in '22]
  • masjer said:

    Blorenge doesn't rhyme with orange.

    Maybe you pronounce orange incorrectly then.
  • masjer
    masjer Posts: 2,611
    edited February 2022
    It's a name, not a word. Blorege isn't a perfect ryhme for orange
  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 20,922
    masjer said:

    It's a name, not a word. Blorege isn't a perfect ryhme for orange

    Orange is not pronounced with an a sound though.
  • masjer
    masjer Posts: 2,611
    edited February 2022
    Can you find Blorenge in the OED. If not, it doesn't qualify.
  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 18,500
    Most libraries subscribe to the OED, so if you have a library card, you can log on with your card number direct into oed.com.
  • masjer said:

    Blorenge doesn't rhyme with orange.


    It most certainly does.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • masjer
    masjer Posts: 2,611
    No can do Brian, I lost my library card up the Blorenge when I stopped for an epple.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 15,217
    This hasn't been a promising start to the thread.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,398

    masjer said:

    The word sporange ruins the factoid that nothing rhymes with orange.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blorenge
    Home of The Tumble (which no-one local ever called it until it somehow got known by that name in cycling). Spent the first 15 years of my life looking at that from my bedroom window.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 15,217
    "Wellness."
    "Mindfulness."

    Comments? These words personally make me want to scream.
  • That's a trivial annoyance, not a language usage issue.
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 15,217
    It is both.

    When did wellness replace health, for example? It isn't shorter or broader in scope.
  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 18,500
    I hate 'pre-loved'. Just sounds icky, especially when it comes to clothes. Anyway, if they loved them so much, why are they selling them. They're second-hand.
  • a medal is a small round trophy hung around your neck
    meddling is not the act of winning a medal
  • masjer
    masjer Posts: 2,611
    Before oranges came to Britain, the colour orange was just called yellowred (geoluread). I think yellowred is still in the dictionary.
  • me-109
    me-109 Posts: 1,915
    Peddling (drugs) is not pedalling, keeping the thread loosely connected to the cycling world.
    You only break brakes if you mess with them and stop them working; slowing down is braking, not breaking - which might not slow you down or slow you very quickly.
    What about contractions? That horrible word 'brifters'?
  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 18,500
    A stationary pedaller peddles stationery.
  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 18,500
    Now even the quote function is up the swanee, along with the formatting.

    Re ^seperation, probably because no-one learns Latin these days. It's also because English is full of schwas, and so people often just guess unstressed syllables. I still confuse myself with -ible and -able words sometimes.
  • rjsterry
    rjsterry Posts: 28,177

    It is both.

    When did wellness replace health, for example? It isn't shorter or broader in scope.

    When people wanted to avoid the hassle and expense of medical training. Mindfulness is at least grounded something a bit more rigorous, albeit the term gets misused.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

    Part of the anti-growth coalition
  • Pross said:

    masjer said:

    The word sporange ruins the factoid that nothing rhymes with orange.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blorenge
    Home of The Tumble (which no-one local ever called it until it somehow got known by that name in cycling). Spent the first 15 years of my life looking at that from my bedroom window.

    It should be up the Keepers, Tumble down. ;)
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rjsterry
    rjsterry Posts: 28,177

    It is both.

    When did wellness replace health, for example? It isn't shorter or broader in scope.

    It doesn't, but there is some overlap.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

    Part of the anti-growth coalition
  • rjsterry
    rjsterry Posts: 28,177

    Now even the quote function is up the swanee, along with the formatting.

    Re ^seperation, probably because no-one learns Latin these days. It's also because English is full of schwas, and so people often just guess unstressed syllables. I still confuse myself with -ible and -able words sometimes.

    Schwa is such a nice word.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

    Part of the anti-growth coalition
  • First.Aspect
    First.Aspect Posts: 15,217
    rjsterry said:

    It is both.

    When did wellness replace health, for example? It isn't shorter or broader in scope.

    It doesn't, but there is some overlap.
    It used to be health and wellbeing, but even that Venn diagram was unsatisfactory.
  • rjsterry
    rjsterry Posts: 28,177
    I think regulated/unregulated is the important distinction. Reiki and aromatherapy and other such things are definitely in the wellness category. At least that's my understanding.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

    Part of the anti-growth coalition
  • masjer
    masjer Posts: 2,611
    Why are there so many names for groups of animals? Flock, herd, shoal, swarm should cover most, but some have four different names.
    A fever of stingrays. A stench of skunks. A pandemonium of parrots. A labour of moles. An obstinacy of buffalo. A shrewdness of apes, but a band of gorillas, a community of chimpanzees and a buffoonery of orangutans. A bloat of hippopotamuses. A tower of giraffes. A smack, swarm or bloom of jellyfish. The list goes on.
    It seems a bit pointless, but maybe good for pub quizzes