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The surname (related to my own) Featherstonehaugh is pronounced various ways, including Feston-shoe, Fenton-hay and most commonly Fanshaw.

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The surname (related to my own) Featherstonehaugh is pronounced various ways, including Feston-shoe, Fenton-hay and most commonly Fanshaw.
Or "Raymond Luxury Yacht".
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February. Dafuq?

When I was in school I pronounced it FEB-R-U-ARY so I could get the spelling right.

I call Arkansas as Ar-Kansas and People as Pee Opel to help me spell them.

Maybe 5 years ago I found out that Arkansas and Arkansas are the same state. I mean who would think Ar-kan-saw is spelled Ar-kan-sas?

Of course I lived in Milnegavie for a bit. (Scotland. Pronouced Mulg-eye.)
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Arkansas, but Kansas.

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I know what the OP is talking about, but it only happens to me rarely - maybe once or twice a year.

I don't know if it's been mentioned, but if it happens ALL THE TIME might it be a sign that one could be somewhere on the "dyslexic scale"?

And for an older person, if the frequency increased, I'd be concerned it might be a sign of something insidious beginning.
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Slightly off topic, but does anyone else have trouble remembering to put "not" in sentences?

"The US military is a bunch of drunks with guns."

"The US military is not a bunch of drunks with guns."

Or is that even a problem?
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Slightly off topic, but does anyone else have trouble remembering to put "not" in sentences?

"The US military is a bunch of drunks with guns."

"The US military is not a bunch of drunks with guns."

Or is that even a problem?

Rarely, but I see it often enough in posts to assume its fairly common.

Pilots often make mistakes I contribute to "Mature Onset Dyslexia" - my term. Saying they're east of a fix when they're actually west, getting cleared to a runway with a bearing of 270° and heading to the one with a bearing of 090°.

Getting switched around 180° seems vaguely related to accidentally dropping or adding a negative. Common enough not to worry about, but to try to guard against.

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I've always thought having two pilots in the cockpit was a good idea for passenger planes.

Having two massive egos in a fighter cockpit, however...
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Slightly off topic, but does anyone else have trouble remembering to put "not" in sentences?

"The US military is a bunch of drunks with guns."

"The US military is not a bunch of drunks with guns."

Or is that even a problem?

Rarely, but I see it often enough in posts to assume its fairly common.

Pilots often make mistakes I contribute to "Mature Onset Dyslexia" - my term. Saying they're east of a fix when they're actually west, getting cleared to a runway with a bearing of 270° and heading to the one with a bearing of 090°.

Getting switched around 180° seems vaguely related to accidentally dropping or adding a negative. Common enough not to worry about, but to try to guard against.

Is that a linguistic thing though? A lot of people have trouble mixing up east versus west, and left versus right. I have to go "right is the hand I write with" in my head every time or I'll say or think right when I mean left. And for east/west I think something like "the sea is west of my home, Russia is east". For some reason those things never became intuitive to me.
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I pretty much always have to put raise the hand in the direction in question to be sure which word to use and even then I screw it up.  I'll often raise my right hand and tell my wife to turn left at the next intersection.  Fortunately she knows that the hand is more reliable.

I occasionally forget "not" but that's probably the least problematic of my typos.  I once had a coworker that always used bold font for not because its too easy to skip when reading a sentence.  Probably a good idea.
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My wife is so bad at directions that I have to say "Democrat" and "Republican" to get her to turn in the right correct direction.
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Slightly off topic, but does anyone else have trouble remembering to put "not" in sentences?

"The US military is a bunch of drunks with guns."

"The US military is not a bunch of drunks with guns."

Or is that even a problem?

This is just in writing, not speaking, correct?  When I've found myself doing that it's because I wrote it down, then rearranged the sentence to read better and deleted the "not" by mistake.
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Slightly off topic, but does anyone else have trouble remembering to put "not" in sentences?

"The US military is a bunch of drunks with guns."

"The US military is not a bunch of drunks with guns."

Or is that even a problem?

This is just in writing, not speaking, correct?  When I've found myself doing that it's because I wrote it down, then rearranged the sentence to read better and deleted the "not" by mistake.
Just writing. If I were speaking that sentence the listener would be drinking a beer.
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I agree with Friendly Angel: when I forget the word not it's almost always because I've edited the sentence for clarity and either 1) mistakenly removed another negative or 2) reversed the direction of a comparison but forgotten to add "not."
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