State Archives of North Carolina: Get Involved with Talk Like a Local

State Archives of North Carolina: Get Involved with Talk Like a Local . “In an effort to emphasize holdings in our collection that relate to North Carolina localities, the State Archives of North Carolina is launching a series entitled Talk Like a Local. Our simple intent is to expand on this concept by providing a little background information about how the area was named, sharing an item from our collections, and recording the pronunciation of the place name – preferably spoken by someone native to that region and, where possible, including various pronunciations – all of which will be shared here with our blog audience.”

The Verge: The makers of Jif peanut butter team up with Giphy to try to settle the GIF/Jif debate once and for all

The Verge: The makers of Jif peanut butter team up with Giphy to try to settle the GIF/Jif debate once and for all. “The J.M. Smucker Company, which makes Jif, has teamed up with Giphy to release a special jar of Jif peanut butter that replaces the classic Jif branding on the label with ‘Gif.’ The idea seems to be that the special edition jar should be placed next to a normal jar of Jif, like it is in the picture at the top of this post, to prove that there’s an obvious difference in how each word should be said.” I am on team soft-g-for-both.

You say Cairo, I say Cairo: New online resource provides audio pronunciation of Illinois places and landmarks (Illinois Aces)

Illinois Aces: You say Cairo, I say Cairo: New online resource provides audio pronunciation of Illinois places and landmarks. “A University of Illinois agricultural communications researcher and her students have created an online resource that offers proper audio pronunciation examples of places and landmarks across the state of Illinois. The tool was designed not only for broadcasters or news anchors, but for anyone publicly speaking about places in Illinois. And, of course, those curious about Illinois will also enjoy using the tool.”

CNET: Google wants to help you pronounce words like ‘onomatopoeia’ correctly, report says

CNET: Google wants to help you pronounce words like ‘onomatopoeia’ correctly, report says. “Google is reportedly working on a feature that could spare you from embarrassing mispronunciations. The search giant may roll out a feature that shows you how to pronounce a word you’ve searched for, according to Android Police. For example, if you search for ‘onomatopoeia,’ a box will reportedly appear that directs you to a new search for ‘how to pronounce’ the word.” I did not learn to read like most people and I don’t read like most people now, and consequently I can’t pronounce anything. Looking forward to this.

Lifehacker: How to Translate Wikipedia’s Pronunciation Guides

Lifehacker: How to Translate Wikipedia’s Pronunciation Guides. “Say you’re looking up the Möbius strip on Wikipedia, and you wonder how it’s pronounced. Wikipedia only shows some elaborate pronunciation guide written in the International Phonetic Alphabet. You could start googling it in another tab, but there’s an easy way to translate that pronunciation guide into plain English.”