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Old 1st May 2012, 05:25 AM   #1
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Default base vs. bass

I guess this is just a pet peeve, but yes, I think it is important. (actually no, it is not a pet peeve, it is about correct usage of the English language)

I've seen many times lately where "base" instead of "bass" is used when referring to low frequency output of an audio device.

The correct spelling is "bass" in reference to audio frequencies.

The English language has already undergone enough unwarranted changes.

Please use the correct term when referring to audio subject matter.

Bass | Define Bass at Dictionary.com

Base | Define Base at Dictionary.com
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Old 1st May 2012, 10:05 AM   #2
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...meanwhile, at the local fisherman's forum, the same argument is rousting up tempers. The other day, a popular member of the "Fish Or Die" community had just about enough when a fellow member described his "bass" output as somewhat lacking. Tempers flared until he explained that his local fishing hole had not been yielding the typical amount of bass he was accustom to. Another member flamed the fires when it was suggested he try another "port" farther down the road. The local police and fire departments were called in to help "neutralize" the situation...needless to say, it was too late. When one of the officers warned that the "frequency" of these situations had been escalating during the past year...it resonated a horrible tone throughout the community.
It was later discovered that the instigator of this fiasco was actually under the impression he was posting under the "Fish Or Die: sea bass and how to tame it" thread at DIYA.
An investigation is presently underway, and citizens are warned to not judge until all the facts are in.

People are also warned to stay away from various HipHop forums where further misundertsandings could trigger similar unrest.

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Old 1st May 2012, 10:16 AM   #3
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Do any US citizens have the right to criticise how the english language is being corrupted?
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Old 1st May 2012, 10:20 AM   #4
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Do any US citizens have the right to criticise how the english language is being corrupted?
...only if they are from the O'l country.
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Where is O'l, Texas? Or is that more corruption?
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Old 1st May 2012, 10:28 AM   #6
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I think they may claim that they preserved it (apart from mucking about with the spelling) whereas we Brits corrupted it. Let's not divert this thread into another Atlantic war; stick to literacy or the lack of it. US or UK grammar and spellings are accepted here, and anything intelligible from non-native speakers. The issue is, usually, youngsters who are native English speakers yet who appear to have slept through their schooldays.

Even broadsheet journalists now can't distinguish between "there", "they're" and "their".
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Where is O'l, Texas? Or is that more corruption?
Das a good one..

..and to stay on topic...yea base is not bass is not bass.
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Old 1st May 2012, 11:24 AM   #8
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then we have read, read, red
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lead, lead, led
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Old 1st May 2012, 11:27 AM   #9
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What about that 90's band...Ace of Base?

The could have very well started this whole mess!
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Old 1st May 2012, 11:36 AM   #10
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I guess modern kids think a homophone is a mobile with a pink case!
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