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Old 2008-06-24, 18:38   #67
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But to soft-pedal means "refrain from emphasizing; be restrained"
(from the soft pedal on a piano).
Interesting - 'twas in fact I that had that one bass-ackwards all these years - I had always presumed [perhaps this was the form I saw it in] that the phrase was "soft-peddle", because the context usually involves some form of "selling a notion". And in fact "soft-peddle" gets nearly 10,000 Google hits ... but the correct "soft-pedal" gets over 100,000. I'd no idea that the expression was music-based - makes much more sense by way of a piano metaphor than a cycling one, anyways. Thanks for setting me straight.

So, if a bicycling organization wanted to soft-pedal a proposal, would they use a "spokesman" for that? [Ducks head and quickly exits stage right.]
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Old 2008-06-24, 19:21   #68
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So, if a bicycling organization wanted to soft-pedal a proposal, would they use a "spokesman" for that? [Ducks head and quickly exits stage right.]
Not these days. It would be "spokesperson", or possibly "spokesperchild".

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Old 2008-06-24, 20:10   #69
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Not these days. It would be "spokesperson", or possibly "spokesperchild".
True - and it would probably have carbon-fiber disc wheels instead of spokes, so it would be a "carbonfiberdiscperson".
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Old 2008-06-24, 21:31   #70
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Because the first syllable of affect and effect are not stressed (at least here) the words are used almost interchangeably to my dismay. I see official correspondence careless about it.

Anything that can pass a spell checker and sounds about right seems to be fair game.

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Old 2008-06-24, 21:43   #71
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But to soft-pedal means "refrain from emphasizing; be restrained"
(from the soft pedal on a piano).
Unlike "back-pedalling" which IS a metaphor from cycling (I have always
presumed)

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Old 2008-06-24, 22:08   #72
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Because the first syllable of affect and effect are not stressed (at least here) the words are used almost interchangeably to my dismay. I see official correspondence careless about it.

Anything that can pass a spell checker and sounds about right seems to be fair game.
Using "affect" as a noun would certainly be a solecism.
I try to distinguish the two even in speech.
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Old 2008-06-24, 22:16   #73
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Interesting - 'twas in fact I that had that one bass-ackwards all these years - I had always presumed [perhaps this was the form I saw it in] that the phrase was "soft-peddle", because the context usually involves some form of "selling a notion". And in fact "soft-peddle" gets nearly 10,000 Google hits ... but the correct "soft-pedal" gets over 100,000. I'd no idea that the expression was music-based - makes much more sense by way of a piano metaphor than a cycling one, anyways. Thanks for setting me straight.
Thanks for 'fessing up. I suspected you must think it should
have been "peddling", but was too polite to mention it.
"Hard-selling" is the most likely cause of the the confusion.

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How about ocean; O-shin vs. o-SHUN?
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Old 2008-06-24, 23:44   #75
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How about ocean; O-shin vs. o-SHUN?
I'm an O-shen man myself. Since I live on the US west coast, I suppose that also makes me a "pacifist".
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Old 2008-06-25, 08:54   #77
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Unlike "back-pedalling" which IS a metaphor from cycling (I have always
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How DO you pedal backwards?
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