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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - 3/26

Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:36 pm

I would disqualify
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"anteing"
and
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"sauteing"
on the grounds that those aren't silent e's, as mentioned in the first sentence.

Your second choice is closer to the mark...but Webster's does allow
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"binging"
so no dice.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - 3/26

Postby Bill » Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:15 pm

Wordplay Wednesday! Verbs ending with a silent ‘e’ in English typically lose the ‘e’ in the present participle: “live” becomes “living,” “ululate” becomes “ululating.” An exception is often made for words where the ‘e’ is preceded by another vowel: “toeing,” not “toing”; “eyeing,” not “eying.” But as far as I can tell, there is only one verb where Merriam-Webster insists on leaving on the extra ‘e’ before the “-ing” even though it’s preceded by a consonant. What’s the word?


How about this?
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singeing
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - 3/26

Postby drewmate » Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:30 am

How about
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dyeing
?

Also related in both meaning and spelling to the previous answers,
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tingeing


Also, there is one where the silent 'e' is allowed (according to MW,) but not required
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ageing
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - 3/26

Postby Dobie » Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:05 pm

Being.

The "e" in the word "be" is totally silent. If you don't believe me, take it away. How would you pronounce it now?
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - 3/26

Postby Ken Jennings » Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:25 am

Ha! I think the tinging/binging/singeing thing might still be a feature and not a bug..."tinge" is a much more common word than "ting" (and ditto for "binge" and "bing") so the atypical extra 'e' isn't as urgent as the one needed to separate singing and singeing.

I know M-W is updating the 11th AND the Unabridged as we speak...I guess we'll know in a few years.
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Re: Wordplay Wednesday - 3/26

Postby smudgy » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:09 am

I came up with...

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..."eyeing", which a) I don't know about that final E being silent; the whole word is a mess vowel-wise; and b) M-W also gives "eying", which I've never seen, but sure.
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