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    How do you spell...

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Randomthought31, Jan 25, 2008.

    Mayday (figured it out. That is how you spell it.) as in "mayday, mayday, we're going to crash"
     
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    did you know that it orginated from the french, 'M'aidez!' which means 'aid/help me'?
     
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    Nope, but now I do. Thanks for the tip!

    This will help you with spelling -- Dictionary.com

    Here's another thing you can do. It works very well too.

    When I was a kid (still am), when I complained to my father "I'm bored!" He would always say go read the dictionary. I finally listened instead of pouted. Well, after a while, it became better than a replacement for boredom. It became something I looked forward to! This built my vocabulary very quickly, and among other things, allowed me to win a game of Scrabble now and then.

    Scrabble is a vocabulary building tool too, and now there's a software version that allows playing online against real people. You'll learn new words quickly if you see a word you never heard of, then spend the time finding out it's meaning and usage.

    And now, thanks to mammamaia, if I got nothing to play on the Scrabble board, I'll just yell MAYONAISE! Erm... something like that. :D
     
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    Vocabulary-building and punning also go hand in hand.

    Maia, thank you for that tidbit. Other times I have tried looking into the etymology of Mayday, I only found references that said its origin was uncertain, but that it was chosen because it comes through clearly over a noisy connection. The one you provided makes more sense.
     
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    it was most likely first 'coined' during WWI, when doughboys picked it up from wounded french soldiers calling for help... and when planes finally got radios, it then became the international distress call...
     
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    Looks like I'm playing scrable tonight
     
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    Yes, I knew it came from the french :-D dictionary.com told me so ...
     
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    I knew it came from French. If any of you are familiar with the sitcom Red Dwarf they make a joke about it.
     
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    What does kawaii mean in japanese? :love: japanese but there's no places to learn it where I live >.<

    So yeah, what's it mean?
     
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    "cute"
     
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    Thanks :-D that's one more word that I know now!
     

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