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Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: The Pook] #181137
12/23/08 06:23 AM
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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.

Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Zed] #181140
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AHD gives both pronunciations offered here for the swamp definition.

Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Faldage] #181144
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slough rhymes with plow? huh. never heard that.


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Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu] #181150
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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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Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Zed] #181166
12/24/08 01:45 AM
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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!

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Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: The Pook] #181174
12/24/08 07:17 AM
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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.

Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: Zed] #181180
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Originally Posted By: Zed
So much for that wonder literacy talent of sounding out.


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Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: The Pook] #181220
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Here in the Northern Plains, a channel of water runoff, similar
to a canal, can be called a slough.


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Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: LukeJavan8] #181226
12/26/08 09:35 AM
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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 ...?

Re: Phonetic spelling? [Re: The Pook] #181229
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... and that'd be pronounced ...?

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


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