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200 years? It’s also widely used in zoology to describe similar arrangements in animals like lions where the offspring of multiple parents are cared for together while parents take turns to go hunting.

I can’t help you with your issue with the phonemes though. It’s literally what the legal profession is based on (Latin languages call a solicitor an avocado 🥑) and the word advocate is fairly common. Is your problem with the idea of advocacy, or the word itself?

None of these are digs by the way, I’m genuinely curious as to why these words which seem so everyday to me.
without recognising the word creche, I would have no idea how it was pronounced unless I knew it was French in origin and even then a cedilla would help.
according to things I read last night it has been in the English language for hundreds of years but I wasn't able to find out when it came to mean nursery.

Campaign is a far better word than advocacy, I would rather be called a campaigner. this used to be the case until until 15 years ago when suddenly the term advocacy came in.

same with survivor replacing victim. some may feel victim is appropiate to their experience.

My issue is having terms forced on you when you are OK with what is currently used.

any minority group can change the name they refer themselves as as often as THEY like and I will go with it.
 

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some Oxford definitions:

advocate:
''a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy''
advocacy:
''public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy''

campaign:
''an organised course of action to achieve a goal''
campigner:
''a person who works in an organised and active way towards a goal''

advocacy merely means declaring support for something.
campaign means actively working towards achieving it.
 

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"Campaign is a far better word than advocacy"

it's not a 'better' word, it's a different word. a different meaning, as you mention; the value you place on what the word *means* is not the same as the 'value' of the word itself.
 

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My girlfriend worked in the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities

In that context, "advocacy" is appropriate

It's not merely declaring support, it's actively working to get a voice heard
 

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that explains some of the weirdness.
just listened to this - good stuff on how quirks of history and technology made English a mess rules wise.

phlegm (WTF) is my favourite stupid spelling. the first time I saw it written down was in a German band name - ULCEROUS PHLEGM.

why learning the alphabet in Irish, French or whatever isn't/wasn't standard from the beginning in Irish schools is bizarre and a huge mistake.

also inflections or conjugation: no one ever explained to me at school why other languages worked like this
and as Erika says in the podcast it makes getting started very hard but pays off quickly when you master it.
as a kid I thought - why isn't there one standard word instead a male, female, you, me, we, they words.
 

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