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What do you call your mom's sister? (or your dad's)

 
 
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 07:10 am
@chai2,
Just out of interest....how would you pronounce Euston? (Here it's You-st'n)
Houston is pronounced the same, but with an h on the front.


Another one that always makes me want to plug my ears is when Americans talk about sport.
OFF-fence.
That sounds so strange to me, and has only really come to the fore on Brit TV over the past five years or so.
Everyone knows it u-FENCE.
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 07:15 am
@Lordyaswas,
That's interesting . . . if you go to this site and click on the top "pronouncer," it sounds as though he is saying "Yeast-on."
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 07:21 am
@Setanta,
It won't work for me, Set, but if I asked for yeast on round here, they'd probably direct me to a brewery or the cake making aisle.

timur
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 07:27 am
@Lordyaswas,
Houston pronounced by different people
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 07:32 am
@timur,
Oh, I know how it's varied. I remember the Apollo missions and us kids in the playground the following day....Hoost'n, we gatta prablem!
Debacle
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 08:50 am
@Lordyaswas,
Houston = Hugh-stun
Euston Station = You-stun Stay-shun
Offence = Aw-fence
Pin = Pin
Pen = Pin
Bin, Ben, been = bin (Same with tin, ten, din, den and Rin-Tin-Tin)

A number years ago when a large Toyota assembly plant was built near Lexington, Kentucky, it was reported that the Japanese management staff had a lot of trouble understanding the locals. One example cited went like this:

I can do thet. = I understand and will do it.
You can do thet! = No way, Jose. Neither you nor I can do it.

Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 08:55 am
@Debacle,
My dear late mum (mom in America), hailed from New Zealand, and said it was dead easy to speak like her, by just moving one vowel forward.

Works most of the time.

Red bedspread......rid bidsprid.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 09:02 am
@Lordyaswas,
Lordyaswas wrote:
And.... if Dionne Warwick had been born and raised here, she'd have been called Dionne Worrick.


She wouldn't have been though. I've noticed that a lot of Americans have English place names as surnames. My daughter watched a TV show Supernatural about two brothers with the surname Winchester. There was a character in M*A*S*H similarly named. I live 14 miles from Winchester itself, and I've never encountered anyone called Winchester, apart from American TV.
Ticomaya
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 09:37 am
@izzythepush,
Perhaps all the cool Winchesters left and came over here.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 10:32 am
@Ticomaya,
That must be it.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 01:31 pm
@izzythepush,
Speaking of Winchester, today is St. Swithun's Day. Legend says that if it rains on Swithun's grave in Winchester, it will rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

Definitely a dry day today.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 01:34 pm
@izzythepush,
Raining here in Hilo, Hawaii this morning. Raining like..like...like it was St. Swithun's Day.
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 01:35 pm
@Ticomaya,
Did they go into the cigarette business?
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 01:39 pm
@Lordyaswas,
No, they began to manufacture repeating rifles.
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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 05:29 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Lordyaswas wrote:

Just out of interest....how would you pronounce Euston? (Here it's You-st'n)
Houston is pronounced the same, but with an h on the front.




The the same, You-st'n and Houtson with an h on the front.
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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 05:32 pm
@timur,
Geaux Tiger says it really wrong.

All the others....seems about the same to me, not enough difference to comment on.
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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 05:39 pm
@Debacle,
Debacle wrote:


Pin = Pin
Pen = Pin





Argh.
It's really annoying when people pronounce pin and pen both as pin.

Pen rhymes with Ben, not bin.

I've actually had people ask me for a pen, and I'll wondow why someones asking me for a sharp metal object. What, do I look like I'm getting ready to hem a skirt?

I'll either say I don't have one, or say "what?"

If I say I don't have one, I've had people something like "You're holding one", and I'll be "Oh, you mean this PEN."

You wouldn't say pig pin, would you?

Where the hell does that pronunciation come from?
chai2
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 05:41 pm
@Lordyaswas,
Lordyaswas wrote:


Red bedspread......rid bidsprid.



rod bodsprod.

yep, works for me.


oh, I really like saying rud budsprud.

that's really cool

rud budsprud
rud budsprud
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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 05:44 pm
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:

Lordyaswas wrote:
And.... if Dionne Warwick had been born and raised here, she'd have been called Dionne Worrick.


She wouldn't have been though. I've noticed that a lot of Americans have English place names as surnames. My daughter watched a TV show Supernatural about two brothers with the surname Winchester. There was a character in M*A*S*H similarly named. I live 14 miles from Winchester itself, and I've never encountered anyone called Winchester, apart from American TV.


my last name is Rudbudsprud, it's the name of a small island off the coast of Bollock Stoans.
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Debacle
 
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Reply Mon 15 Jul, 2013 05:51 pm
@chai2,
Can't say where it came from, but it's widespread south of the Mason-Dixon and appears to be staying put.

The verb "envelop" may be the sole exception to an "en" being pronounced otherwise than "in." I can't think of any other exceptions, off hand.
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