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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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AHD gives both pronunciations offered here for the swamp definition.

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slough rhymes with plow? huh. never heard that.


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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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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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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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So much for that wonder literacy talent of sounding out.


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

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


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