September 8th, 2011


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One usefulness of uncommon names

I've finally figured out one usefulness of unusual names like my given name. I figured it out while watching "Emergency!" I can never remember the names of the paramedics on that show, and I found out why: their names, John and Roy, are extremely common. I have difficulty remembering the names of people who have common names. Not sure why. But unusual names I have no problem with. So I may have spent most of my childhood resenting the name, but hey, it's memorable! :-)

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Steph pirate

I guess this qualifies as a pet peeve.

I don't get the rule, whatever it's called, that makes people write "an European." "European" may start with an E, but it starts with a Y sound. Y is a consonant,1 hence anything starting with that sound, regardless of the actual letter, ought to mean it's "a European." Same thing with "an historian" versus "a historian." Things like "an European" and "an historian" sound wrong and fucking stupid. I don't care what the rules of English say, I don't even care if an editor ever makes a thing of it, I am not using "an" before words that start with consonant sounds no matter what the rules say.

1 = Sure, it doubles as a vowel, but "European" starts with Y's consonant sound, so my point remains valid.

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