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#121905 - 02/02/04 07:45 AM Sun shone like Gould
I was listening to an audio cassette of a Raymond Chandler novel read by Elliott Gould. Gould was at his laid back best but I was surprised when he said something like “The sun shone that day…” and pronounced the word shone as ‘shown’ rather than to rhyme with ‘gone’. Is that the usual American sound for the word or is it perhaps either a regional or a Gould variation?
#121906 - 02/02/04 07:53 AM Re: Sun shone like Gould
Dear dxb: I remember hearing a rather erudite clergyman
use that pronunciation many years ago,and he commented on it, but I can't remember what he said to justify his preference.
#121907 - 02/02/04 07:54 AM Re: Sun shone like Gould
Loc: Marion NC
If I had heard someone say "The sun Sean that day," I would have been perplexed, wondering what the heck he meant. Here on the left bank shone rhymes with cone._________________________
#121908 - 02/02/04 08:48 AM Re: Sun shone like Gould
I'm with TEd. never heard it shawn...
that's what you do to a sheep..._________________________
formerly known as etaoin...
#121909 - 02/02/04 08:56 AM Re: Sun shone like Gould
Loc: lower upstate New York
I love this and intend to start using it immediately!
And yeah, dixbie, like the fellas said.
#121910 - 02/02/04 09:34 AM Re: Sun shone like Gould
Loc: this too shall pass
here in flyover land it also sounds like shown, but then we learned a rubric that a final 'e' makes the previous vowel sound long (like in scone ;).
#121911 - 02/02/04 09:39 AM Re: Sun shone like Gould
Long O is the onliest AHD4 recognizes.
#121912 - 02/02/04 10:09 AM Re: Sun shone like Gould
That's interesting. Most of the on-line dictionaries are American but I found that M-W recognises the British pronunciation, and apparently it is heard in Canada too. Don't know what they say up top in the antipodes. This is the M-W entry and I have included the etymology for the heck of it:
Main Entry: 1 shine
Inflected Form(s): shone /'shOn, esp Canadian and British 'shän/; or shined; shin·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scInan; akin to Old High German skInan to shine and perhaps to Greek skia shadow
#121913 - 02/02/04 12:25 PM Re: Sun shone like Gould
Loc: Dublin, Ireland
That is extraordinary. I never knew Americans pronounce "shone" as homophonous with "shown". Round here, it's pronounced "shon", and it's a sign of how rarely the word is used in speech that I've never heard an American say the word on TV or film.
Similarly there are two variant pronunciations of "scone".
#121914 - 02/02/04 12:26 PM Re: Sun shone like Gould
Loc: Dublin, Ireland
akin to Old High German skInan to shine and perhaps to Greek skia shadow
Up is down, black is white and shine is shadow. Those wacky indo-europeans!
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