June 18th, 2009

alphabets

Monotheism

Where do you stress the word "monotheism"?

MONotheism
42(31.6%)
moNOTHeism
6(4.5%)
monoTHEism
56(42.1%)
monotheISM
2(1.5%)
sometimes MONotheism, sometimes monoTHEism
22(16.5%)
other which I will explain in comments
5(3.8%)

How do you pronounce the "e" in "monotheism?

like "ee" in "seen"
95(70.4%)
like "ay" in "say"
33(24.4%)
like "e" in "set"
5(3.7%)
like "y" in "yet"
1(0.7%)
other which I will explain in comments
1(0.7%)

How do you pronounce the "o"s in "monotheism?

both long as in "so"
7(5.2%)
both short as in "sock"
27(20.0%)
first long, second short
7(5.2%)
first short, second long
93(68.9%)
other which I will explain in comments
1(0.7%)

How many syllables are there in "monotheism"?

3
1(0.7%)
3(2.2%)
4
40(29.4%)
32(23.5%)
5
60(44.1%)
other which I will explain in comments
0(0.0%)

earthsea

June Books 15) Shortcomings, by Adrian Tomine

A rather good character study by Tomine of Ben Tanaka, a young Japanese-American man who is, frankly, a bit of a dick. His various girlfriends (and his friends who are girls, who tend to be into girls themselves) all try to make him aware of his shortcomings (the title of the book is also of course a double entendre on Ben's nervousness about the size of his own dick, which feeds into his behaving like one). Tomine manages to show us Ben's failure to listen and still make him, if not sympathetic, at least comprehensible, and shows a convincing picture of what it's like to be an Asian-American in California. Definitely worth picking up.
manga-me

Getting to know your own body

Just been to the physiotherapist in the wake of my recent back problems. He demonstrated convincingly that my left leg is slightly shorter than my right leg. In 42 years I had never noticed that, and nobody else had ever pointed it out.
mimas

June Books 16) Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything, or Old Bob Exposes His Ignorance

I loved Robert Anton Wilson's fiction and non-fiction in my late teens and early twenties, and so was delighted to discover this audiobook of interviews and lectures - most of it a series of five long interviews from about 2000, and then a couple of lectures delivered in Boulder, Colorado, in earlier years. I'd heard or read most of it before, and have outgrown some of it, but his humorous, cynical, sceptical take on life, politics, literature, religion and the nature of reality was a refreshing break for me over the last few weeks (switching between this and the much less interesting METAtropolis). His Brooklyn drawl seemed to sharpen the humourous but deadly serious points he was making beautifully. (Though I was sufficiently perplexed by the way he pronounced "monotheism" as "m'NŌTHyism" to set up a poll about it.)

I was really prompted to get this because LibraryThing kept recommending it to me; apparently because the other owners of many books in my library also own and like this one. The full list of related books, as diagnosed by LibraryThing's algorithms, is long and suitably eclectic and Discordian; I think Wilson would have been very glad to be seen in the company of some of these, and I hope that the authors of others (at least one of whom occasionally reads this lj) would be please to be grouped with him.
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