No, that’s not something the girls are wearing this year.
If you remember back to some teacher that actually taught you pronunciation, a dipthong* is two consecutive vowels sounds.
I never took Latin, but sometimes in Middle English (and really up to about 1950) there are dipthongs written out in text. I’m reading a book published in 1916, and it uses the dipthong æ in the word hærtico.
The reference is to De Hærtico Comburendo, the law passed in 1401 giving the English King and/or Parliament the right to burn heretics at the stake.
From that, it’s pretty clear that hærtico is equivalent to heretic.
But, I was curious why it would have that spelling with the dipthong. It must mean something, and that is the sound of the “igh” in the word “sigh”.
So, way back when, heretic was pronounced high-retic.
* Dipthong is an obscure enough word these days that my spellchecker flagged it.
In the 18th century, before they had solid medical ways of determining if a non-responsive body was actually dead, this was one of the methods they used. Apparently your body would react to this even if you weren’t conscious.
Which is correct, paid or payed? Most people will say paid; some would say that payed is archaic, or never correct. Microsoft agrees: as I write this, every occurrence of payed is getting flagged for misspelling.
Payed absolutely has 2 correct uses, as in (see here, here, or here):
I payed out a length of rope.
I payed out a bead of caulk.
And there seems to be some disagreement on this, but some sources agree that this is OK too :
I payed a visit.
The meaning in all 3 of those is that you released something that you had (rope, caulk or time), voluntarily but somewhat deliberately.
But, I teach economics and finance, and I think there’s a fourth meaning.
Suppose you buy (partial) ownership when you invest. As in buying stock instead of making a loan. When you do this, you may earn returns, but you give over the right to distribute the returns made from your investment to the manager of the investment. They do not have to release those returns back to you in full or on a regular basis.
So, since this is their discretion, I think "dividends are payed out" not "dividends are paid out".
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