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Ridiculously irritating thing of the day:

People who treat the word Halloween as Hallo-ween rather than Hallow-een and then proceed to make up words like "Jesus-ween" or "sexy-ween" or "Howl-o-ween" (this is a selection of things I've actually seen; I'm not intending to comment on the content intended).

It is All Hallows Eve(ning); the 'w' is part of "hallows" not "evening".

I just... don't understand why people do this.


(Also I've decided I'm going to try to post one thing that's been bugging me/on my mind/happens to sound interesting every day in November; instead of trying to write a novel which clearly would not work).

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Date: 2012-11-01 10:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] liv
I think howl-o-ween is ok, because it's clearly a pun on hallow. The others I agree are really annoying.

And I'm (selfishly) much in favour of NaBloPoMo type approaches to Nano, cos I get much more benefit out of people posting more often than I do out of people writing first drafts of half a novel.

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Date: 2012-11-01 12:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ptc24
Jesus-ween: the celebration of supernatural entities from beyond the grave on Oct 31? Have these people not thought this through?

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Date: 2012-11-01 01:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
I think it's natural for a speaker to somehow split words that they find opaque along syllable boundaries, or something. Like hyphenation rules.

My favourite example of this is the number of helicopter-related words that are either heli[something] or [something]copter, despite the word breaking etymologically as helico/pter.

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