Originally Posted by vernier
Also, "miking" looks silly and wrong ...glad nobody uses it, except for two people in the world.
It is my understanding that the correct spelling is "miking" and here's why: C
is soft before the soft vowels e, i, y
, and hard before the hard vowels a, o, u
. Most words with that use a hard c with a soft vowel will use a modifier or additive: choir, chord, school, technical.
So in a word - even a contraction - where a hard c/ soft vowel situation is created, there is precedent to modify the word to fit the rules of pronunciation. Indeed, this is the function mentioned earlier to change bicycle to bike. As long as you have a c and a soft vowel, it's going to be pronounced as an sss sound. So micing is indeed something cats do, regardless of what spelling logic tells us.
Again, it is my understanding that pronunciation rules almost always take precedent over logical spelling rules for the simple fact that language is primarily a spoken construct over a written one. So it's irrelevant if microphone has no k in it. It has the hard k sound, and that's what the spelling must account for. Spelling follows pronunciation, not the other way around.