The Long A Pronunciation – (Like You’ve Never It Heard Before)


The “Problem” of The Long A Pronunciation

(This post is the follow-up to a previous post about The Pronunciation Of The Letter A)


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Okay, so the problem is not actually with The Long A Pronunciation –  but is, in fact, in the world of English language instruction.  And this problem is (from my experiential observation) that absolutely every text-book, almost all teachers, and virtually every organization which is set up to to teach the English language, lacks or suppresses the use of critical thinking – based upon experiential knowledge, and strengthened by actual observation, when it comes to the teaching of the English language.

This is not a new problem, but it certainly is a continuing problem.  And as I have only become aware of this problem through my immersion in language teaching – meaning that I didn’t go to school to get a degree in English philology or linguistics or any other related degree – I don’t know if anyone in “higher” education even talks about this problem…  (however I highly doubt it, as it seems that they prefer to avoid problems as much as possible…  especially if it would mean that they would have to make some changes.)


But here it is…


 There is not only one “Long A” sound…  There are, in fact, three…

That’s right.  There are three different ways to pronounce The Long A.


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Industry Terminology – (one’s) “Higher-Ups”


(one’s) “Higher-Ups”

(Industry Terminology)


Today’s “Tid-Bit” comes from the “Industry Terminology” section of the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! – Lexis Portal and also happens to fall in the category of “Yer Ing-Glish Sux!!!”.

The idiomatic Phrasal-Noun (one’s) Higher-Ups is an old phrase used to describe the people in an organization, or company which have authority over others.  Unfortunately this phrase has also been around long enough that some people use this phrase to talk about members of society in the same way.


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To Find Out Why This Term SUX!!!…

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“Today’s Tid-Bit” – (to be) Clear-Cut


“…Clear-Cut…”

(Idiomatic Phrasal-Adjectival)


Today’s “Tid-Bit”:  (to be)*Clear-Cut* (as in: a decision / an answer / some information) is an idiomatic Phrasal-Adjective which means:  Something which is very is very “clear” / understandable / simple / decisive / etc. without the possibility for the decision / answer / information to be mis-construed or mis-understood in any way.


“He made a very *clear-cut* decision.”


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“When George made the mistake of asking The Soup Nazi for a piece of free bread to go with his soup, not only was refused the bread but The Soup Nazi  made the *clear-cut* decision to refuse George ANY kind of service.”


For An Explanation With Plenty Of Examples Of This Idiomatic Phrasal-Adjective…

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Aphorism: “Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining”


“Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining”

(Aphorism)


Today’s “Tid-Bit” is an idiomatic aphorism which is used to express that every situation which may be perceived as “bad” or un-pleasant, usually has some sort of hidden beneficial or advantageous aspect to it – even though it may not been seen or experienced presently.

This phrase is usually used to describe a situation which is happening or has already happened – or as a reminder to someone who is experiencing, or is about to experience an un-pleasant situation, so that the person can perceive the circumstances with a more optimistic attitude.


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Pronunciation of The Letter A – No. 1


Letter A – Pronunciation


Having decided that it is far past the time to start making posts about pronunciation, I figured that a good place to start is with the first letter of the alphabet…


THE PRONUNCIATION OF THE LETTER A

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Aphorism: “Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew!”


“Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew!”
(Aphorism)


Today’s Tid-Bit is another aphorism.  Remember, those are those types of sayings that people often use as a piece of advice or as an annoying way of trying to tell you what to do…  or worse yet, as a way of saying that you should have done something differently than you did.

And today’s little saying is a way of telling someone (usually after it’s already too late) to not take on too much responsibility or to not do some act that is beyond the physical and/or mental capabilities of the person that the statement is directed to.


As there is only a certain amount that any one person (or animal) can chew

…and if that person (or animal) then tries to bite off MORE than he or she can ACTUALLY put in his or her mouth chew

(regardless of whether anyone shared with him or her this “helpful” piece of advice)

…then that person (or animal) will end up in a difficult situation and/or will end up wasting whatever it is he or she is chewing.

To Bite Off More Than You Can Chew - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

Um… Dude… That’s a gigantic hot-dog and a baby bird… those two things do not go together!


To Bite Off More Than You Can Chew - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!


To see how this amazing GIF of some skinny little punk getting slammed into the ground is also an example Biting Off More Than He Could Chew…

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“Fun With English!!!” meets “Yer Inglish Sux!!!” #666 – JIF vs GIF

JIF vs GIF


First of all, who the F^ck cares!!!  But now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I have to jump in to the argument because the fact that a lot of people REALLY DO CARE!!!  is hilarious to me.

(And I like to make fun of people like that) 😉

In fact any time that people get really crazy about things that don’t matter at all, it makes me laugh.  I say let’s give them some guns and knives and let them fight in out until there is only one left… Then we can tell that one person left that he or she is wrong – and joyously applaud as that person’s head explode.


So Here It Is…

(and if anyone can read this and STILL not understand, then we would all be better off if that person’s head actually DID explode…  and this goes for the creator too… even though we thank him for giving us this wonderfully useful image format.)

JIF vs GIF - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!


Enough Said!  At least I hope so.  But if you still need more, you can…

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Aphorism: “Build The House From The Ground Up”

(to) “Build The House From The Ground Up”

(Originally posted on the Aphorisms page of the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Lexis Portal)


This is a common Idiomatic Phrase in The English Language, used as a piece of advice.  To find out its meaning and proper usage…

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(See Also:  “Put The Horse In Front Of The Cart”)


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“Today’s Tid-Bit” – (to) Ask For It

(To) Ask For It…

(Idiomatic Verb Phrase)


“Well…  You asked for it.”


Meaning:

“(To) Ask for it” is a phrase which means:  Some person has caused (“asked for”) whatever condition he or she is now experiencing (“it”) as a result of his or her actions previously.


For a more full explanation with lots of examples…

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(to) Get One’s Act Together

(to) “Get (one’s) Act Together”


This is an Idiomatic Verb Phrase which comes from the world of the performing arts:  Ballet, Theatre, Comedy, etc..  The word, “Act” in this phrase is referring specifically to one’s performance.  The Separable Phrasal-Verb, (to) “Get (something) Together”, is in-reference-to making that performance perfected and “in sync” with others involved in the performance.


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But, Idiomatically, it means something a bit different.  So, to see how Iron-Man can help define this Idiomatic Verb Phrase


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