If you think the way english speakers shorten things is funny then you'd have a great laugh watching kids instant message(or IM) each other. They've managed to shorten entire phrases into a few letters. I guess you probably see it every day here on gearslutz. Examples, FWIW, IMHO, etc... Only the kids take it way further and shorten almost everything and it's catching on. Soon we'll be back down to grunting again, I think the cavemen had it right to begin with.
As i stated before..english is not my native lenguage...im learning from "u" guys...but i think is very interesting the evolution of the english and any idiom...in fact...we ha included many "englishsm" in our dictionaries...i guess the reason is the called global fenomenon...and of course u can check yearly the royal english academy dictionary and discover many words like "duh" that been included with the years...i dont think is bad at all...just...evolution...
When I write about a microphone is say - mic
When I write about multiple microphones its listed as - mics
But, when I'm placing mics I have been spelling it - miking
These days I've changed that mindset and spell it out like this - mic'ing
Take what I say with a grain of salt since I like and use Neumann TLM103s so your milage on mikage may vary.
Miking is the correct term... and i prefer to call it that...hey my name is mike too so i guess you put me in front of the source...heh but really this is a funny thread.....where else would people discuss gear let alone....argue over a word...about it..
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.
This is a silly discussion by people who have seen the abbreviation "mic" on so many consoles they've been brainwashed.
The spelling "mic", by any reasonable application of the rules of English pronunciation, suggests the sound "mick" (tic, Bic, Vic, hic) as in Mick Jagger.
Listen to every other rap song where they "rock the mike", and you will quickly realize they are not talking about a fellow named Michael--spelling it the same doesn't make up for the different context. Any beginning audio engineering student knows that to "mike up the drums" doesn't involve making the drums more like Mike.
I guarantee you that 10 out of 10 non-engineers would see the abbreviation "mic" without knowing what it referred to and pronounce it "mick", and that they would see the "slang" word spelled "mike" and say it right every time.
Tony, if you need to credit somebody on your album for setting up the mikes, write it "Microphone Placement--"
It's the same rule that changes "Half" to "Halves" to "Halved."
Many words change letters to get the point across. I have 1 foot and 2 feet. If nothing changed based on tense or singular/plural, then I'd have 2 foots! HAHA
I actually voted for Micing, but didn't realize that I would normally write down "Mic'ing" as well. I've never in my life seen it writing with a "K" in any tense, but then again, I've always said "Mike" when looking at the word "Mic"
For the purpose of reader comprehension, retail catalogs and magazines use "miking", since readers sound out words based on our understanding of the rules of pronunciation. Micing visually triggers the "S" sound, so, aside from sounding funny mentally, it looks funny as well. Go with miking. No one will return your DVD for spelling style issues.
Mic'ing has to be the most ridiculously pedantic piece of geek orthography ever devised. The problem the apostrophe is supposed to solve is not solved--it still looks like it rhymes with "icing," except that somebody hiccuped in the middle of it. To call it awkward and fussy is to give it too much credit.
Somebody up thread said that "miking" was illiterate. What's really illiterate is the silly idea that the combining form of a word must always be identical in spelling to the root form. So, "nine lives" should be "nine lifes" and the film title "The Pursuit of Happyness" was spelled correctly?
I don't care much about "mic" vs. "mike," but it definitely ought to be "miked" and "miking."