Archive 2020

Charmin(g) pronunciation

The value of toilet paper has apparently increased this year due to the pandemic. Quite recently, I learned that there is an interesting difference in the pronunciation of the brand name Charmin in German commercials, as compared to the original (American) pronunciation. According to various videos and the Wikipedia page, Charmin is originally pronounced as

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How to pronounce pizza

I recently watched a great online course about machine learning from UC Berkeley. The course started pre-COVID19 and included a dinner break for which pizza was ordered in. The fact that the lecturer, who is not a native English speaker, mispronounced pizza motivated me to write this post. As always, things are more interesting than

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Don’t put your money on dice

A remarkably common mistake across many different levels of English speakers is the incorrect use of dice as a singular noun. Even though it may appear to be the other way around, we have the singular die and the plural dice Perhaps it helps you to remember by reminding yourself of the singular-plural pairs mouse-mice

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