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Old 4th May 2007, 23:52   #41
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I get irritated by people saying "pacific" instead of "specific". Why do they do this? Why does it happen so frequently?
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Old 5th May 2007, 1:00   #42
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I get irritated by people saying "pacific" instead of "specific". Why do they do this? Why does it happen so frequently?
They're the same people who say 'expresso' - they're not using the word incorrectly, they're using the wrong word.

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and then there are the 'supposably' people...I think they all belong to the same camp.
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Old 5th May 2007, 11:51   #44
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[...] they're using the wrong word.
Not exactly: they know they're not talking about the Ocean, or anything else of a peaceable nature... Phonetically, the initial "s" is the only difference between the two words, and "sp" takes more effort to pronounce than "p" [cf. Spaniards speaking English, who can't pronounce it, and will systematically say "Do you espeak Espanish?"] And in a precise context, no-one's going to misunderstand "for no pacific reason". So economy of effort prevails, just as when people say "I've bought myself some new close"... and that's what they do say. Just as they say "it's in my hambag". For the same reason: economy of effort.

Expresso actually has an extra sound [iks instead of is]; but here the tendency is simply to anglicise the word, in line with express. Espresso doesn't sound English. The French say un express, so it's perfectly logical for the English to say an expresso.
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Expresso actually has an extra sound [iks instead of is]; but here the tendency is simply to anglicise the word, in line with express. Espresso doesn't sound English. The French say un express, so it's perfectly logical for the English to say an expresso.
I think expresso was made up for, and if not made up, then certainly popularised by, the 1960 British film Expresso Bongo. A film I am lucky enough never to have seen. (Among other delights it has Cliff Richard playing a chacter called 'Bongo Herbert'.) If I ever do suffer this movie I pray to god it will be on the same night as I see Gonks Go Beat.
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(I know I shouldn't be getting into this language stuff again.)

But "espresso" reigns here (Anglo-Canada) ... to the best of my knowledge.

Backed up by Starbucks, who sell gallons, and by Wiki, too ... sounds like originally Italian.

Probably not "misuse" .... just another variant.
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Ultimate. It means last. Not brill. The ultimate trance megamix CD, you say? Great!
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Ultimate. It means last. Not brill. The ultimate trance megamix CD, you say? Great!
I have that CD! And volume 2!

Ever is another one that gets similarly abused. As in

The Best Album in the World Ever! Number 8

Numbers 1-7 presumably no longer being the Best Albums in the World Ever due to unprecedented amounts of new, previously unconsidered bits of 'ever' have been discovered since they were released.


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Not exactly: they know they're not talking about the Ocean, or anything else of a peaceable nature...
No? Then they must be thick. I can't see that it's so much of an effort to say 'sp' as opposed to 'p'. Lazy as well as stupid.
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