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One Billion Words and you still don't understand

By faradhi ·
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Wow, We have 1 billion words with which to argue.

WOO HOO!!!

-edited to change a word

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What is Thur' (Not thursday in the south)

by faradhi In reply to Oh the grinder!

Being a navy brat, I have hear it all. I love telling my relatives up north that There is no R is wash. Additionally, when I moved south, I had to as what is thur' (as in: Pick up that thur' piece of trash.)

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Useless R's

by DMambo In reply to What is Thur' (Not thursd ...

Is there an "R" in the middle of the following words?

Quarter - rhymes with water
Order - rhymes with water
Worcester - almost rhymes with sister
Forward - rhymes with 'ho-ward (I guess that means towards the 'ho's)

Don't even get me stahted on ending R's.

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What an Rs

by neilb@uk In reply to Useless R's

I pronounce the 'r' in three of your selection. Not a "hard" R, I admit, but it is there as a modifier.

Worcester (which we had first so get to choose how to pronounce it) is where we do agree. It is pronounced 'wuster'.

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I can see that making sense Neil

by jdclyde In reply to What an Rs

that a bunch of wussies would like wuster as a pronuciation!

If your not going to pronounce letters, don't friggen put them in! X-(

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Place names is different!

by neilb@uk In reply to What an Rs

Leicester - Lester and Worcester - Wuster are consistent. Warwickshire - Warrickshire, Lincoln - Lincun. The list is endless but so what? What is your problem?

Oops. 6pm and my train awaits...

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I use to live

by Bob in Calgary In reply to What an Rs

Near a place spelled "cogenhoe" Just outside of Northampton that was pronounced kook-nah

I think it got an award for the most stupid pronounciation of a place name in England.

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Cogenhoe

by neilb@uk In reply to What an Rs

What a small world. My mother lives fairly near and we drove through it last weekend. It's pronounced "Cook-no" by us locals.

A few others - Belvoir is called Beever. Bolsover in Derbyshire is pronounced Baa-zer and Happisburgh in Norfolk is called Hazeborough! Mildenhall in the West Country is Minal (rhymes with spinal), Southwark (where I work) is Suthuk and you'd know Towcester - or Toaster.

All perfectly logical!

Neil

Hmmm. Just spoke to Mum and she's just accused me of being posh. Seems she pronounces it more like Cooknah and only them local nobs say Cookno!

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Small world indeed

by Bob in Calgary In reply to What an Rs

I used to live in Wellingborough,I remember going to the Banger races at Brafield and fishing at Castle Ashby mind you that was 30-35 years ago so I guess I can be forgiven for slightly screwing up the pronounciation. Maybe Beer really does fry brain cells over time.

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You were right

by neilb@uk In reply to What an Rs

My mother - who still lives in the Midlands - accused me of being too posh when I said "Cookno".

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OK, all you colonial sorts

by neilb@uk In reply to One Billion Words and you ...

So you think you know what it's about, huh? This is my native language (that's the one that you all borrowed, broke and are now trying to give back) and I'll thank you to keep your tongues off it.

I like it just the way it is.

Beware of heard, a dreadful word,
That looks like beard and sounds like bird,
And dead: it?s said like bed, not bead,
For Goodness? sake, don?t call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.

I like a language in which the made-up word "ghoti" can be pronounced as "fish". The 'gh' as in 'tough', the o as in 'women'and the 'ti' as in 'station'. I like it because it gives me a feeling of smug superiority over johnny-foreigner.

We must polish the Polish furniture.
He could lead if he would get the lead out.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
The soldier decided to desert in the desert.
This was a good time to present the present.
A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
I did not object to the object.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
The bandage was wound around the wound.
There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
They were too close to the door to close it.
The buck does funny things when the does are present.
They sent a sewer down to stitch the tear in the sewer line.
To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
After a number of injections my jaw got number.
Upon seeing the tear in my clothes I shed a tear.
I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
I read it once and will read it agen
I learned much from this learned treatise.
I was content to note the content of the message.
The Blessed Virgin blessed her. Blessed her richly.
It's a bit wicked to over-trim a short wicked candle.
If he will absent himself we mark him absent.
I incline toward bypassing the incline.

Hah! Suck on that lot. A billion words and we still have to reuse them!

This was a NITS (tm) production.

Neil

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