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3-02-2011 @ 8:30PM
It's "hearkened", not "harkened", and "deep-seated", not "deep-seeded".
3-02-2011 @ 9:29PM
So glad to see another pedant making corrections in their head. Typos--particularly homophones--are rampant all over the internets.
3-03-2011 @ 6:41AM
harken is a variant spelling of hearken popular in the us, according to the OED.and while you are correct that deep seated is the correct phrase, the variant deep seeded has become rather obsequious in vernacular, mainly due to people hearing it and never seeing it spelled out. interesting, because quite often the opposite is true, someone has never heard something pronounced and thus says it wrong.
3-03-2011 @ 10:05AM
Herman, that is especially common in English. I think you've managed to separate pronunciation and spelling pretty good, compared to other languages. It reminded me of a poem we read in school and I just had to google it:http://www.boingboing.net/2006/04/05/poems-showing-the-ab.html
3-03-2011 @ 10:08AM
You mean "ubiquitous", not "obsequious". Come on, it's funny.
3-03-2011 @ 10:24AM
Personally, I can't stand the Harkonnen.
3-03-2011 @ 11:40AM
Yeah you see this all the time. The internet is rife with nonsense sentences.That said, I see the same patterns on TV. Take for example the BBC2 show 'Newsnight' or any current affairs show: watch out for any politicians or journalists using the phrase "...which begs the question..."I have NEVER seen this used correctly - EVER. It sort of means a 'circular argument', (which is a simplification) whereas it is always thought to mean 'a statement which leads you to a question'. Then again, this is all very off-topic....Caveat is another one. A colleague of mine says it aalllll the time to clients when he is describing how our software works - he thinks it means 'a requirement' rather than 'a warning'. Mind you, I see the wow insider staff using this correctly in their articles. Well done to you!
3-03-2011 @ 1:09PM
Stimpy, language evolves. What a phrase means in the past doesn't necessarily mean that it always has to mean that thing. As long communication happens successfully, it's all good. We don't need to keep everything the same forever.
3-03-2011 @ 5:08PM
@Andostre: I'll keep that in mind when my airplane makes those touch-and-go "landing momentarily" landings....
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