We’re taking your questions on a Mailbag episode!
Along the way, we’re going to find out some pretty strange things about how words and phrases got to be how they are. Do you say zero or oh? What is begging the question? And has the French /r/ always been like that?
Daniel, Ben, and Kylie answer them all on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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The hazards of English spelling
Self-Organization In The Spelling Of English Suffixes: The Emergence Of Culture Out Of Anarchy
The Standardization of American English
Wikipedia: Names for the number 0 in English
How many names does zero have?
Why getting out for zero is called a “duck” in cricket
Begging the Question, Again
Begging the question: How much should we fight for a correct English usage that no one actually seems to use?
This troublesome 3-word phrase perfectly exemplified Antonin Scalia’s obsession with originalism
Questions to French native speakers…
r/French: The rolled “R”
Rolled ‘R’ in French – what area?
Studies in the History of the English Language: A Millennial Perspective
Google Books link
Flipped, rolled, trilled or other…How to deal with the French “r”?
When did the trilled “r” fall out of use in French and become replaced with a uvular fricative?
The origin of the French uvular “R”
Frozen – Let It Go (French version)
Georges Brassens – La Mauvaise Réputation
What Is the F–kboy?
Green’s Dictionary of Slang
Diagram for 0800 0077 070
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