How Do You Pronounce 'Tomato'? Why Is 'Chiropractic' Singular. Fish.

11:35
 
Share
 

Manage episode 303550869 series 1968341
By Mignon Fogarty, Inc.. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In the world of great debates, there is one that has been long enduring and still keeps language prescriptivists awake at night: Is it "tom-ay-to" or "tom-ah-to"? Now, this may not seem as pressing as whether nuclear fusion is possible, but to people in the linguistic trenches, it is pretty darn close. After all, how many linguistic pronunciation ambiguities have been so long running and widely known that they have actually inspired a song? In the second segment of the show, we explore why "chiropractic" is such an outlier for "-ic" words.

Read the companion article on Quick and Dirty Tips.

Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows.

Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates.

Watch my LinkedIn Learning writing course.

Peeve Wars card game.
Grammar Girl books.

HOST: Mignon Fogarty
VOICEMAIL: 833-214-GIRL (833-214-4475)

Grammar Girl is part of the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network.

Theme music by Catherine Rannus at beautifulmusic.co.uk.

Social Media Links:
https://twitter.com/grammargirl
https://facebook.com/grammargirl
https://www.tiktok.com/@therealgrammargirl
https://snapchat.com/add/thatgrammargirl
https://pinterest.com/realgrammargirl
https://instagram.com/thegrammargirl
https://www.linkedin.com/company/grammar-girl

730 episodes