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Friendly-sounding words?

In the “Steve Jobs” script by Aaron Sorkin, there is a little exchange between Jobs and Sculley in which the former says that the name “Apple” came from a “list of friendly-sounding words”. Regardless of why Apple is named Apple, do such lists exist? Is there any research on what makes a word sound friendly to people (phonetically, semantically, aurally, visually, ...)?
posted by omar.a on Oct 7, 2015 - 8 answers

Lor Mou Nay

Who were the people first responsible for the direct translation of the name 羅姆尼 (Romney) in Cantonese? How did they decide which words to use for the sound? [more inside]
posted by querty on Nov 6, 2012 - 5 answers


Is it possible to learn college-level phonetics and phonology on one's own? Bonus: online? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Mar 8, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm not a morning person, but my larynx is

Why does my voice sound awesome (to me) only in the morning? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Dec 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Spell "Apple" Phonetically without IPA

Sounding out English on the Internet: /æ/ [more inside]
posted by rubah on Nov 29, 2011 - 15 answers

Bunched-Up Consonants

Phonetics question: I don't get the idea of consonants, one after the other, at the end of a syllable, without even a schwa in-between. [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Aug 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Please help me solve a maddening problem with Doulos and IPA

Desperate IPA situation! I've opened up an old Word doc that was created using SIL Doulos or SIL IPA93 fonts. These are now defunct. I currently use Doulos SIL and Charis (both unicode, hooray!). The document is substituting certain alphabet characters for much needed IPA symbols. I need to know what those masquerading alphabet characters used to be in IPA. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 30, 2011 - 10 answers

The spelling of Popeye's laugh

How do you spell Popeye's laugh? [more inside]
posted by flashboy on Jan 18, 2011 - 19 answers

You cawl thayt a noyf?

Is there a resource that demonstrates how to do foreign accents by re-spelling words in such a way that when read aloud by an American, will closely resemble the accent? For example, in "Australian", Down = Dan. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Apr 2, 2010 - 15 answers

A weally hawd question

Why do little kids pronounce "r" as "w"? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jan 30, 2010 - 25 answers

Site/Text with English dialect divergencies?

There was a site of speakers around the world speaking a specific phrase in English. This was to show how regional dialects of English sounded. You could click on a map and it would pull up video of these speakers. Does anyone know what that site is? If not, perhaps a good response would include a concise phrase that can show different regional variations (cot/caught, don/dawn, pin/pen). [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Sep 20, 2008 - 9 answers

¡Help me pronounce reventón!

SpanishPhoneticsFilter: Which gringo pronunciation best approximates [β]? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke on Nov 17, 2007 - 25 answers

How do you pronounce stressed them?

How do you pronounce them when it's stressed? For instance, "Don't give it to me, give it to THEM." [more inside]
posted by Inigo Jones on Sep 14, 2007 - 58 answers

Why is my name so often confused for THAT name?

My name is Christian. It seems that whenever someone mistake my name for another, they mistake it for François at least 80% of the time. Why? [more inside]
posted by jchgf on Jun 3, 2007 - 50 answers

What natural languages have unusual properties?

Hawaiian has only eight consonants. Pirahã purportedly has even fewer phonemes and no numerals. What other languages have properties which would be considered unusual by Indo-European language speakers?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Nov 16, 2006 - 33 answers

Looking for an application to give me phonetic spellings of words and surnames.

I need an application (preferably web based) in which I can enter a word, including surnames, and get the phonetic spelling in return. Any ideas?
posted by Heatwole on Feb 1, 2005 - 7 answers

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