Archive 2021

How to pronounce analysis

The word analysis can be challenging in a number of languages (I remember a few incidents from my first university course on Mathematical analysis). This post is motivated by two occurrences of the same mistake in the last month at work. As with many other English words, the pronunciation of the noun (analysis) differs significantly

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Learn how to pronounce machine

Everybody is talking about machine learning these days, but quite a few of those people pronounce the word machine incorrectly. From way in the past (that is, my youth), I also remember friends making the same mistake when talking about the band Rage against the Machine. The incorrect pronunciation of machine that you can often

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Asterix may be a star, but stars are not asteriks

After having witnessed the same mistake on several occasions in recent weeks, I thought I’d write a post about asterisks.* The mistake I heard was an incorrect pronunciation of asterisk, the typographical name of the symbol “*”. It was pronounced as if it were spelled asteriks (that is, [ˈæstərɪks] instead of [ˈæstərɪsk]). Of course, asterisk

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