Have fun with this.
How did you do with it?
Surprisingly I did well the first time. The only word I did not know how to pronounce was ague. On checking the dictionary after I pronounced it well. I guess my English was better than I thought although I still have problems with “porpoise”.
I got hung up on Sword and sward. Other than that smooth sailing.
Me too, what’s a “sward”?
A strip of lawn or ground cover, like between a street and a sidewalk.
You know, the greensward. Use it all the time. I think I’ll go rake the greensward.
Piece of cake for a word lover and avid reader. I assume that, by English, the author means American, not British, pronunciation??
I feel literate, suddenly! That was fun!
So is it pronounced po-em (in Ohio) or poim (northern Florida)?
Isn’t the King’s English amazing? It’s because it’s such a potpourri of languages imposed on it by the Vikings (they also infected Turkey, adventurous fellows), the Frankish invaders, the Irish, Scots and Scandinavian close neighbors and the all the Indo-European, germanic and latin influences from the Continent. That’s why reading the dictionary for roots is an entertainment. Too bad Latin is no longer taught. It helps with the pronunciation.
BTW: I aced the test.
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