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December 5th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Mic Mike
When and why did we start using instead of microphone microphone?

If people are simply writing MIC. (usually with a point!) as an abbreviation for "microphone", which is fine. But if it makes it's own word (even when you are talking about the nickname of "Michael"), then by the ordinary rules of English spelling, "MIC" (or "Mic") is pronounced the same as "Mick" (as it is to imitate, frantic, panic, etc), ie a i short vowels. But that is not how to pronounce in microphone rophone () Or the more common nickname of Michael - we want a LONG-i. The ordinary way to indicate a long i-end of a word is added, and mail to the end. However, simply doing does not work with "c" for two reasons: 1) we already have a word "mice" which means something else! And, more fundamentally, 2) C, followed by E [o I oy] is typically pronounced "gently", ie as an "s" (as in mice, ice, ACE, devils, etc.), while what they want is the 'hard-c', pronounced as "k". So the standard solution each time you want to make sure that C is to be read as "hard" (like a "k") and not "soft" (as an "s") "Mike" is perhaps the best example. But there are also "bicycle" (bicycle) and "nuclear" (for nuclear). (Note that in the original words 'c' is a soft sound of s before the Y-vowel of "bicycle" and a hard k sound before a consonant in "nuclear.") Compare shortening "coca cola" to the "Coke" Another example is the addition of AK after the c, esp. before concluding that begin with a vowel to indicate that the i-vowel is short. That's what happens with "Mick" (and Rick, Dick ...), as well as with words like mime and picnic when you add-ing, as in "Picnic", "imitation".

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