Thursday, April 2, 2009

Actual Conversation #53 - The machinations of the mother tongue

gru: Hey, here's something we discussed in the status meeting. What's the past tense of 'troubleshoot"
me: troubleshot
gru: troubleshot? troubleshooted?
me: You don't "shooted" a bird.
That's my take on it.
you haven't, rather. erf.
gru: Well, sure. That was my take on it too. Still, uit;s it's own word, it can have it's own declensions if it wants. Maybe it doesn't want to be troubleshot.
me: Yes, but there's something to be said for maintaining verisimilitude in the pronunciation and execution of the English language.
Although we are the thief and dumping ground of all other languages IN THE WORLD.
gru: Oh...I think we've already hosed any sort of verisimilitude in pronunciation long ago. I submit 'Good food' as exhibit 1.
me: >.>
gru: I think part of the charm of the English language is that it lies in wait sometimes...waiting til you think you know what you're doing and then BAM! Pastry.

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