Well done again Terry, I do agree with Fink that, though I love reading your posts, they may be too wordy for some, perhaps a succinct summary at the end would help such ones, so they do not lose that chance of gleaning your wisdom entirely.
As I read your O.P I was thinking that a short version of your advice should be added to the posting guidelines on JWN, Newbies often fall in to the trap of not making their thoughts clear, and sometimes we attack them for what they are apparently saying , which is not what they meant, and then we scare them off.
Etymology is a favourite area of mine, I love to find the origin and greater meaning of words, once we English get somewhat adept at it, we can often work a lot out for ourselves about a word, you Americans , lacking the ability to spell almost anything correctly, must have more difficulty, which probably accounts for your lack of ability in the area of Pronunciation too.
....................... Phizzy, having lit the blue touch-paper retires to the safety of his Nuclear Bomb Proof shelter. (That's pronounced New-clee-ar , not Nookewler).