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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:39 pm

For me the weirdest US pronunciation enigma is soddering :crazy:


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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:58 pm

Do you pronounce the "L" in the word? Just curious.
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Folderol » Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:59 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:Do you pronounce the "L" in the word? Just curious.
Of course. So does everyone else this side of the pond :tongue:
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby The Elf » Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:28 pm

Martin Walker wrote:For me the weirdest US pronunciation enigma is soddering :crazy:
I noticed that recently. I thought I'd just mis-heard!

Is that really how Americans pronounce it? Soddering?! You've got to be kidding me! :lol: :lol: :lol: :headbang:

And I thought 'Aloominum' was comical!
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:45 pm

Yes soddering is an odd one. But then we have far more crazy pronunciations like Worcester, Leicester and Featherstonhaugh. (For foreigners here, the latter is pronounced Fanshaw!)
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby wireman » Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:51 pm

The Elf wrote:And I thought 'Aloominum' was comical!

At least that one is understandable...

http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/aluminium.htm
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby MOF » Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:12 pm

Is this the right thread for my pet linguistic peeve - the modern American way of pronouncing "route" as "rout"? Drives me bonkers

My pet hate is the way Americans say Math instead of Maths, strictly speaking it should be Math’s but like ‘Photos’, which I gather is now an accepted word without an apostrophe, I’ll have to accept it written that way.
Mathematics is a mixture of number based tools (leaving aside letters representing known or unknown numerical values) so if ‘Math’ consisted of just adding numbers it would be correct, but since it also takes in calculating percentages, trigonometry, differential equations etc it must be Maths.
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby The Elf » Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:26 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:But then we have far more crazy pronunciations...
Guilty as charged! :lol:
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Folderol » Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:37 pm

The history of soddering

Centuries ago, one of Walt Disney's ancestors got a cleaning job at a London silver smith pretending to be Irish. His intention was to steal the secrets of fine work. In actual fact all he got to see was an apprentice soldering up base work - a fact he was unaware of.

However, the apprentice caught him making notes and drawings of his work. The American tried to bribe him to get his silence, but all the lad said, was "You've got ten seconds to get out of here." then, "Mind you I'm sick of this sodding job anyway."

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Being passed down through generations, this event may not be reported exactly as it happened.
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:43 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:Yes soddering is an odd one. But then we have far more crazy pronunciations like Worcester, Leicester and Featherstonhaugh. (For foreigners here, the latter is pronounced Fanshaw!)

Not forgetting "Cholmondley" "St John" and "Ralph"* And don't get me started on Sean Bean.....


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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby blinddrew » Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:26 pm

See also most village names in Norfolk.
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:58 pm

and add to all that some truly bizarre accents and you’ll see why I need the onscreen text for all Brit shows I watch on the telly. :problem:
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby N i g e l » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:24 am

Is the one on the right Siobahn from Milingavie ?

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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:55 am

Living near Worcester in the county of Worcestershire is a continual sauce (see what I did there? ;-) ) of amusement. I have received letters addressed to 'Wooster', and I have had to spell out wor-ces-ter on more than one occasion when dealing with overseas call-centres.

And an American friend used to refer to wor-ses-ter-shire a lot... it took years to get him to say wooster-shure... :lol:

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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:15 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:I have received letters addressed to 'Wooster'

I got a letter addressed to 'Mystery Deegan' once!

Hugh Robjohns wrote:And an American friend used to refer to wor-ses-ter-shire a lot... it took years to get him to say wooster-shure... :lol:

Had a fine evening drinking with some US friends years back, and had a similar experience only it was trying to get one of them to pronounce 'Birmingham' properly. For some reason they couldn't get the 'um' right at the end, resolutely falling back to 'ham' :-)
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:23 pm

Yep, get that a lot. :lol:
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:35 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:Had a fine evening drinking with some US friends years back, and had a similar experience only it was trying to get one of them to pronounce 'Birmingham' properly. For some reason they couldn't get the 'um' right at the end, resolutely falling back to 'ham' :-)

Well it is in Alabama ;)
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Wonks » Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:51 pm

And we do say names like 'West Ham' where the Ham is 'ham' and not 'hum/hmm', and it's the same Old English/Saxon word. So no points for consistency.
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Re: There is no double S in BUSES

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:09 pm

Folderol wrote:The history of soddering

Centuries ago, one of Walt Disney's ancestors got a cleaning job at a London silver smith pretending to be Irish. His intention was to steal the secrets of fine work. In actual fact all he got to see was an apprentice soldering up base work - a fact he was unaware of.

However, the apprentice caught him making notes and drawings of his work. The American tried to bribe him to get his silence, but all the lad said, was "You've got ten seconds to get out of here." then, "Mind you I'm sick of this sodding job anyway."

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Being passed down through generations, this event may not be reported exactly as it happened.

You don't get away without at least one post praising this supposed tall tale Will :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


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