a fixed portion that is allotted
To encourage conservation, districts have been
rationing water and imposing fines that will quickly double, triple or quadruple typical water bills.
—New York Times (May 8, 2014
This was at one time pronounced to rhyme with
nation, but sometime after World War I, the current pronunciation, which rhymes with
fashion, began to predominate.
a long narrow shallow receptacle
The roses are housed in enormous plastic greenhouses—49 in all, some covering a hectare and a half—and planted in long
—Economist (Apr 3, 2014)
As you can probably guess by the spelling,
trough once was pronounced with a hard "gh" sound, as in Scottish
loch before its modern pronunciation, where the "gh" has been softened to an "f" sound, so it rhymes with other words this has happened to, like
turn away from sin or do penitence
Shortstop Starlin Castro
atoned for a throwing error in the third by hitting two home runs for the second time this season.
—Chicago Tribune (Apr 27, 2014)
This one is notable because the second syllable of this word, the one that sounds like
own, is how the numeral "one" used to be pronounced until the 14th century, when the one we know today, rhyming with
done, began to take hold. It wouldn't completely displace the other pronunciation for a few hundred years, until around the 18th century.
made in or typical of earlier times and valued for its age
The car was an immaculately restored
antique, its exterior painted a Smokey Bear brown with an orange stripe down the side.
—New York Times (May 16, 2014)
Originally this word rhymed with
frantic because it was considered parallel to
antic, a word of similar origin meaning "old and grotesque." The current pronunciation, rhyming with
mystique is modeled on the French pronunciation and dates from the 18th century.
state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options
quandary for companies is how to meet the idiosyncratic needs of millions of different customers?
—Forbes (Feb 28, 2014)
Originally the second syllable was stressed, roughly to rhyme with
yon fairy. In modern pronunciation, it rhymes with
the mathematics of generalized arithmetical operations
Lots of people will wince when they think back to grappling with Pythagoras and being bamboozled by
algebra at school.
—BBC (Apr 30, 2014)
The word originally had stress on the second syllable, rhyming with
gal Debra before the stress shifted to the first syllable.
a list of times at which things are planned to occur
Below is the compiled
schedule for Friday’s major events happening in and around the area.
—Seattle Times (May 16, 2014)
Although originally pronounced like
said you'll, in modern times there are two pronunciations. One, associated with Britain, is "SHED-yul" while the other, American, pronunciation is "SKED-yul." It is interesting to note that while Americans tend to associate anything British with being proper, it is the American pronunciation of this word that more closely imitates the original Greek root.
the quality of being funny
Valerie’s more coherent moments led to incredible bursts of
humor, biting satire, fascinating insights and uncanny accuracy about the world.
—New York Times (Apr 23, 2014)
The word dates from the mid-14th century, but a pronunciation including the "h" is very recent, circa the early-20th century.
become rosy or reddish
It’s a procedural mixed with a conspiracy thriller, mixed with melodrama that would make a daytime soap opera
—Slate (Mar 5, 2014)
The vowel in
blush was originally a short "oo" sound, roughly rhyming with
koosh , before taking on its modern pronunciation, rhyming with
the principal activity in one's life to earn money
John Paul DeJoria, the billionaire entrepreneur behind Paul Mitchell shampoo and Patron tequila is jumping into the wireless phone
—Forbes Jun 10, 2014
Until the 17th century, this word was pronounced with three syllables, so it rhymed with
dizzyness, as opposed to the modern two-syllable pronunciation.
a platform projecting from the wall of a building
Annemarie stood on the
balcony of the apartment with her parents and sister, and watched.
—Number the Stars
Until the early 19th century, the accent was on the second syllable, so that the word roughly rhymed with
baloney. The modern pronunciation with the first-syllable accented, rhymes with
a place for the burial of a corpse
After learning where he was buried, she tried to transfer his body to the family
—BBC Jun 6, 2014
The "b" was pronounced in this word until the 14th century. Prior to that point it had been spelled
tumbe. Currently it is pronounced to rhyme with
having knowledge of
These good women lacked an appropriate sense of adventure—or perhaps a proper
cognizance of our dwindling supply of big nights.
—Slate Nov 12, 2012
This comes from Latin
cognoscere, "to get to know," and entered English through French, where it lost the "g". The "g" was restored to English spelling in the 15th century. Although the word had always been pronounced without a "g" sound, over time people began pronouncing it to match the spelling.
having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
The slipcovers on the dining room chairs have a row of
jaunty bright-red buttons running down the back.
—New York Times Jun 6, 2014
This spelling is an attempt to mimic the pronunciation of the French word for "nice, pleasing"
gentil, to rhyme with
pontee. Current meaning is " easy and sprightly in manner" and is pronounced to rhyme with
a model or standard for making comparisons
And then – as much as Dylan, perhaps, and certainly before Dylan – set the
template for the pop star who reinvents himself.
—The Guardian (May 14, 2014)
This was pronounced to rhyme with
kemp-fit until the late 19th/early 20th century when a pronunciation rhyming with
kemp-grate took over.