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  1. This interview with Leigh Rubin wasn’t here yesterday, yet whenever it appeared, it popped in below the article about deadlines by Francesco Marciuliano. Weird. I’m not asking Bill to explain this, because WordPress is inexplicable.

  2. Some of the cartoons were pretty funny, but they flashed by so fast, I had to keep hitting pause to read them. Then that d**n chyron blocked some of the punch lines.

  3. No, this was on me: I uploaded it Tuesday night and scheduled it to run Tuesday morning rather than the following day. My April Fool’s Joke on myself.

    When I noticed it, I changed it to Wednesday morning so it would be up top.

  4. And we found out that name is said “Lee” not “Lay”. Or maybe you’all knew that already?

  5. @ Mitch4 – I always knew that, but now that you ask, I don’t know why. I don’t remember if I’ve ever met another “Lee” who used that spelling.

  6. @ B.A. – I meant someone I knew personally with “Leigh” as a real first name, rather than a stage surname.

  7. @ CIDU Bill – OK, this is really weird. B.A.’s comment with the “Psycho” photo was already up and visible, but when I replied to it, WordPress timestamped my comment more than an hour before hers, and placed the reply above its antecedent. Are we suffering through an evil April Fool’s joke that has reversed the clocks?

  8. Kilby, on my screen it’s time-stamped 40 minutes in the future, so we still shouldn’t be seeing it.

    I don’t even try to understand. Last week, one of my comments was held for Moderation. That’s supposed to be impossible.

    Back on topic, I knew a girl named Leigh half a century ago, but for all I know she was a Lee with pretensions.

    (That same summer, I also knew a Susan who went by Suzanne)

    In the case of Mr. Rubin, Leigh might be short for Leighton.

  9. Okay, my comment referring to Janet Leigh’s photo also appears “earlier than” said photo.

  10. P.S. And the sequence of the time stamps shows that WordPress has bounced back forward by at least an hour.

  11. Wiktionary says it’s always pronounced “Lee” when used as a name. (Some placenames are “lay”, apparently, but not personal names.)

    Wikipedia has lists of people with the surname or given name “Leigh”, though I see Leigh Rubin is missing. I’ll add him now.

  12. WP has always been erratic — and not in a predictable way — in the days after a DST changeover. If we’re talking about under an hour, that’s the answer (probably).

  13. The destabilized space-time is perfect for the day. Has someone been playing with chronitons?

  14. I’m confused. I’ve known quite a few people named Leigh and it never would have occurred to me to pronounce it anything other than “Lee”.

  15. I do not like the “ghoti” thing, because it presumes no rules at all. While “gh” can be an ‘f’ sound under certain circumstances, those are always as part of a more complex structure like “ough” or “augh” and not standalone. Similarly, “ti” is an “sh” sound only as part of “tion”.

  16. ‘I do not like the “ghoti” thing, because it presumes no rules at all.’

    That’s exactly what it was created to show – that there are no rules for English pronunciation. Shaw was pushing his own fully-phonetic alphabet.

  17. Arthur: But how does it show that? I’m just echoing Brian, but it doesn’t show that there are no rules for English pronunciation; it ignores existing rules for English pronunciation. AFAIK, “gh” is never pronounced as “f” at the start of a word.

    English pronunciation is ambiguous, of course, but that doesn’t mean that you can just say a “gh” at the start of a word is prounced “f.” There are some rules.

  18. English has a lot of rules, due to multiple influences and the numerous dialects in England, then the later need to come up with standardized spelling with the advent of printing. That doesn’t mean there are no rules.

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