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  • For susurration, a most happy outcome. Thank you very much, Simone.
  • I believe the mistake was to omit (j) in the onscreen transcription. Yes, this seems the easiest way of looking at it, and leads to the easiest way of fixing it. So I suppose it's up to you and me, Barry. I suppose it is; we’ll do our best anyway, …
  • * The reader recognises the word despite the IPA. The hearer recognises the word despite the individual pronunciation. This is a possible scenario as to how the error came to be made, but it does not controvert the notion that the error should be f…
  • Thank you for the reference to the OED which I had not looked up. However, the online dictionary at is, I imagine, to be regarded as self-standing and independent, its users not needing routinely to refer on to …