#1430 Suffrage Vs Suffering, Pronunciation Manual, Google + Levi's Make Smart Pants
Hi, I'm Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
It was a picture from a school yearbook
and they'd asked people this question: "If you founded America, what would you have done differently?" And they had different people's photos with their answers to that question underneath.
And one girl had answered this: "I would create equal rights for women, such as equal pay, jobs for women, and I would end women sufferage."
Can you see anything wrong with that sentence?
Well firstly, suffrage is spelt like this. Also it should be women's suffrage
or woman suffrage.
How about now? Anything funny about that sentence?
Well, suffrage doesn't mean the same thing as suffering.
Suffering is physical or mental pain. So it'd be a good thing to end women's physical or mental pain. But suffrage means the right to vote. So she's saying that she would end women's right to vote, which is probably not what she meant to say.
There seems to be quite a few pronunciation channels on YouTube - and some of them attempt to give you the correct pronunciation, but in these videos, they pronounce the words incorrectly on purpose for comedic effect.
Here are some more pronunciations from Pronunciation Manual:
And if you're looking for a useful pronunciation guide, I strongly recommend Forvo
Kia ora in Stick News today Google and Levi's are working together to develop jeans that will be able to interact with smartphones and tablets.
Levi's have been making jeans since the 1890s.
Google has been slowly taking over the world since 1998.
Now they've teamed up to create smart pants which are expected to be on the market some time in 2016.
The companies haven't announced exactly what the jeans will be capable of, but reports say users may be able to touch their jeans to silence a phone call during a meeting, or send a message simply by swiping their jeans.
And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 17th of June.
Girls can't wear jeans!
Don't be so old-fashioned! It's the 20th century.
Namaste, brother. Larry and Sergey need another billion by tomorrow. Here, have this free organic lunch.
One step closer, my friend ...
Actually, the line is: "No, I am your father."
Shut up, smarty-pants!
Today's word is prohibited.
If something is prohibited it means it's forbidden or banned or not allowed.
In New Zealand, women used to be prohibited from voting.
This is a sign from a park near my house. It says: Parking or driving on grass prohibited.
So you're not allowed to park or drive on the grass.
And this sign was at music festival that I went to last summer. It's a list of things that you weren't allowed to bring into the festival, including weapons ... which I actually brought into the festival by accident. When I got to the gate, I found out that this is a weapon. It was with my tent. And the guy pulled it out and he pointed to a box that was full of hammers - this kind of hammer and this kind of hammer - and he said you can put it in there or take it back to your car. So, I took it back to the car.
Deacon: Do a lot of people not know the word suffrage?
Sarah: Yeah, it seems like it.
Sarah: Yeah, that looks like it was at a high school though, so maybe you can let that slide.
Deacon: And he could have asked hundreds of people until he got some who didn't understand the word.
Deacon: Which show is that?
Sarah: It's called The View
. It's a show with a group of women who talk over each other, loudly. Speaking of women's suffrage, New Zealand was actually the first country in the world to give women the right to vote ... which is probably why I understand the word.
Deacon: How long ago was that?
Sarah: It was in 1893, so the 100-year anniversary was happening when I was at high school, so there was quite a bit of talk about it and I remember doing some kind of project about it in one of my classes.
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In Word of the Day, when I said " ... which I actually brought into the festival by accident" I meant to say "to" not "into". I should have said: "... which I actually brought to the festival by accident."
I bought the hammer to the festival, but I didn't actually bring it into the festival - because I only got it as far as the gates.
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Published: Wednesday 17 June 2015