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#181137 - 12/23/08 01:23 AM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: The Pook]
Zed Offline
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Our slough (slew) is the half pond half swampy kind. There are two on my uncle's farm that keep the cattle watered but he has to plow around them.

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#181140 - 12/23/08 06:42 AM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Zed]
Faldage Offline
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AHD gives both pronunciations offered here for the swamp definition.

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#181144 - 12/23/08 08:46 AM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Faldage]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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slough rhymes with plow? huh. never heard that.
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#181150 - 12/23/08 11:23 AM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
zmjezhd Offline
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slough rhymes with plow? huh. never heard that.

The UK (and original) version of The Office takes place in Slough (rhymes with plough). It's a city near Windsor and close by to Maidenhead. The UK poet, John Betjeman, wrote a poem about Slough (link).
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#181166 - 12/23/08 08:45 PM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Zed]
The Pook Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 1067
Loc: Tasmania
To plough through a slough near Slough (except when the borough were in drought) would be rough and tough, and make you cough "enough!" before you were brought to nought.

Ah the delightful stupidity of English!


Edited by The Pook (12/23/08 08:51 PM)

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#181174 - 12/24/08 02:17 AM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: The Pook]
Zed Offline
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Registered: 08/27/02
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Loc: British Columbia, Canada
For years I read old English novels and assumed that we had drafts and they had drots (draughts) and our criminals here went to jail while theirs went to gole (gaol). So much for that wonder literacy talent of sounding out.

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#181180 - 12/24/08 08:18 AM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Zed]
Faldage Offline
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Originally Posted By: Zed
So much for that wonder literacy talent of sounding out.


Hukkt ahn fahnix.

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#181220 - 12/25/08 02:14 PM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: The Pook]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
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Loc: Land of the Flat Water


Here in the Northern Plains, a channel of water runoff, similar
to a canal, can be called a slough.
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#181226 - 12/26/08 04:35 AM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: LukeJavan8]
The Pook Offline
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Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 1067
Loc: Tasmania
Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8


Here in the Northern Plains, a channel of water runoff, similar
to a canal, can be called a slough.

...and that'd be pronounced ...?

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#181229 - 12/26/08 07:32 AM Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: The Pook]
zmjezhd Offline
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... and that'd be pronounced ...?

I've only heard the /slu/ pronunciation used in the States.
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