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  • Can you write the phonetic spelling of his name?
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  • "Will ye-oo py me f’them?
    [Here, with apologies, this desperate attempt to represent her dialect without a phonetic alphabet must be abandoned as unintelligible outside London.]
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion

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  • Here is the phonetic pronunciation.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • My captor, a man of few words, had responded to my questions, demands and acerbic remarks alike with the all-purpose Scottish noise which can best be rendered phonetically as "Mmmmphm."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • The paper was thin, covered in scrawled runes, but Magnus had taped a printout of the words, spelled out phonetically, over the incantation itself.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Underneath the symbol, I recognized a row of phonetic hieroglyphs: "Z—I—A," I read.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • It is metrically equivalent and phonetically a little better.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Unlike Tibetan, to which it is closely related, Sherpa is not a written language, so Westerners are forced to resort to phonetic renderings.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air

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  • Jennifer Wilson wrote a speech about how much her husband, Jean Hoerni, would have loved to see this day in person, and had Ghulam Parvi render it into phonetic Balti so she could directly address the crowd.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Rather, our characters are phonetic in nature.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • He looked around in the store for the cheapest dictionary that contained the phonetic alphabet.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I’ll say them phonetically.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • I had made the first total emotional commitment of my life when I read how the phonetic experts had given these tongueless people a language, newspapers, institutions.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • And the Haitian tongue, Creole, was not, as was sometimes said, "a coarse patois" but in essence a Romance language, derived from French and, in some of its phonetic habits and grammatical structures, also clearly African.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Excellent men, who had been forced all their lives to spell on an impromptu-phonetic system, and having carried on a successful business in spite of this disadvantage, had acquired money enough to give their sons a better start in life than they had had themselves, must necessarily take their chance as to the conscience and the competence of the schoolmaster whose circular fell in their way, and appeared to promise so much more than they would ever have thought of asking for, including…
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I still have the piece of paper where I wrote down, phonetically, how to say it.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • He spelled out Cacciato’s name phonetically, repeated it, his voice calm.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • These names don’t have much in common, phonetically or aesthetically, with the low-education names.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • That involves typing in a phonetic version of each Chinese word and having it converted to the Chinese character, a very laborious process.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • A clerk in the Ministry of Health who was a fresh high-school graduate had typed out THE MISSING HOSPITAL on the license, a phonetically correct spelling as far as he was concerned.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Once, in his wife’s presence, Kennedy uses a version of the military’s phonetic alphabet to lash out at a newspaper columnist, referring to him as a "Charlie-Uncle-Nan-Tare."
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • …cotton underpants, woolen underpants, woolen trousers, cotton socks, woolen socks, combat boots, gas mask, canteen, mess kit, first-aid kit, trench knife, blanket, shelter-half , raincoat, bulletproof Bible, a pamphlet entitled ’Know Your Enemy,’ another pamphlet entitled ’Why We Fight’ and another pamphlet of German phrases rendered in English phonetics,, which would enable Weary to ask Germans questions such as ’Where is your headquarters?’ and ’How many howitzers have you?’
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • "No two persons," says a leading contemporary authority upon English phonetics,[71] "pronounce exactly alike."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Ginnarr inscribed this word on a slip of parchment, taking care to write the phonetics so Max would not mispronounce the Old Norse.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • This is a moment: An Englishman named Gilbert Gaunt, which he later changed to Gant (a concession probably to Yankee phonetics), having come to Baltimore from Bristol in 1837 on a sailing vessel, soon let the profits of a public house which he had purchased roll down his improvident gullet.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Phonetic spelling had again misled me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Unusual polysyllables of foreign origin she interpreted phonetically or by false analogy or by both: metempsychosis (met him pike hoses), alias (a mendacious person mentioned in sacred scripture).
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "Phonetics," said Lisa.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • A Professor of Phonetics.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • The reformer England needs today is an energetic phonetic enthusiast: that is why I have made such a one the hero of a popular play.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He and Tito Pagliardini, another phonetic veteran, were men whom it was impossible to dislike.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • It must have been largely in his own despite that he was squeezed into something called a Readership of phonetics there.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • And on the profits of it I do genuine scientific work in phonetics, and a little as a poet on Miltonic lines.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • When it arrived, it contained nothing but a savagely derisive attack on a professor of language and literature whose chair Sweet regarded as proper to a phonetic expert only.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • At the Barnes Noble on Eighty-third Street, he found a dictionary with an international phonetic alphabet, something his pocket dictionary didn’t have, and after a little study it all came clear.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Always Aunt cautioned us to be careful with our words, since by using phonetic characters, as opposed to the pictographic characters of men’s writing, our meanings could become lost or confused.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Simply phonetics.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Our women’s writing has perhaps boo characters, which we use phonetically, like babies, to create about io,000 words.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Then, over time, the women of that family invented new phonetic characters, which they grew to understand from context, just as you girls are learning to do right now But these are the kinds of particulars that men would care about.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Jones is lecturer in phonetics at University College, London.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • [72] /Vide/ his Handbook of Phonetics, p. xv, /et seq.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The future of phonetics rests probably with his pupils, who all swore by him; but nothing could bring the man himself into any sort of compliance with the university, to which he nevertheless clung by divine right in an intensely Oxonian way.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • It was interesting enough at first, while we were at the phonetics; but after that I got deadly sick of it.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Well, this isn’t a phonetic job.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • A phonetic job.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • His great ability as a phonetician (he was, I think, the best of them all at his job) would have entitled him to high official recognition, and perhaps enabled him to popularize his subject, but for his Satanic contempt for all academic dignitaries and persons in general who thought more of Greek than of phonetics.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Sweet says that the phonetic similarity between /ye/ and /thee/, the objective form of the true second singular, was responsible for this confusion.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • An honest and natural slum dialect is more tolerable than the attempt of a phonetically untaught person to imitate the vulgar dialect of the golf club; and I am sorry to say that in spite of the efforts of our Academy of Dramatic Art, there is still too much sham golfing English on our stage, and too little of the noble English of Forbes Robertson.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
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