Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weekend Odds and Ends #5

~ The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization blog is running a fascinating series on restoring the original orchestral parts of musical scores. Here's part one and part two...and I'm looking forward to the next. (Edited to add: here's part three.)

~Mom showed me this one: the 100 most often mispronounced words and phrases in the English language. I think the correct versions of 'persnickety' and 'spitting image' (those are the incorrect versions) surprised me the most.

~ In an interview at The Western Online ezine, author Chris Scott Wilson discusses, among other things, the pros and cons of ebook publishing versus traditional.

~ Here's a fun piece on knitting and classic film at the TCM blog (HT: Laura). Like the author, I've never been able to conquer "knit one, purl two" myself, though I've been crocheting since I was about eight.


Ron Scheer said...

Enjoyed the word list. Blessing in the skies and Carpool tunnel syndrome made me smile. Also For all intensive purposes. A tough one for some of my students to remember is the difference between a literature review and a literary review.

I Just Know Everything said...

While the article from RnH discusses orchestrations, I can admit that I am guilty of making last minute dialogue changes in a rush, and they often never make their way into my script as a note. And therefore, once the curtain falls on closing night, if I have not remembered the stroke of genius I had the week of the show when creating a final copy of the script a few months later, these changes are forever lost. Sigh.

And do people really mispronounce some of the words on that list? I am often mocked because I truly do say February...but some of those minpronunciations just seem very VERY lazy.

Elisabeth said...

Ron: I think I'd heard 'for all intensive purposes' somewhere, but the others were new and amusing to me too.

I Just Know Everything: I know - always write it down! I've had a great idea for a bit of dialogue or even a single word I wanted to use, but somehow forgot to scribble it down and later found it had entirely left me.

I wondered about some of those pronunciations too, but my mom assured me she had actually heard people say some of them. I think you're right; it is just laziness or sloppiness. I have to plead guilty to the February one, though.