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  • I just feel that the word adoah, while cute and charming and affectionate and intimate and warm and cuddly and embedded as it is in Taiwanese culture, is a bit, what is the word, bad-sounding, ill-sounding, to some foreigners' ears, especially when said behind our backs or on TV or in the newspapers even.

    Status Quo Forever

  • And, overborne by his naughtiness, I purpose to break his ill-sounding arrows and his bow in his very sight.

    The Argonautica

  • Only my son uses ill-sounding to me constructions.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Blogging as a Constraint on Parenting Options:

  • And what shall we have to oppose against these ill-sounding sentences of the poets. —

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • MANKIND being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance: the distinctions of rich and poor may in a great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh ill-sounding names of oppression and avarice.

    Common Sense

  • Sound comes among the first considerations because the ill-sounding manuscript is instantly recognizable.

    The First Five Pages

  • The girl had been foolish, allowing herself to be influenced by the man's red hair and ill-sounding name -- not knowing a real pearl when she saw it.

    Ayala's Angel

  • Mrs. Zwicker was indulging in a tirade against the pleasure resorts and the ill-sounding names of places in the environs of Berlin, when the postman came.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 12

  • Next he has an ill-sounding report of his own last voyage to give.

    The Growth of English Drama

  • Madame Gobillot was an austere woman, though an innkeeper, and watched over her daughter with particular care, lest any ill-sounding or insiduous expression should reach her child's ear.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete


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