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#41209 - 09/10/01 08:56 PM whinge vs. whine  

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Whence the divergence of these two words (which both claim roots from OE "hwinsian")? I've never heard an American say "whinge", nor conversely a UKer utter "whine". Is "whine" exclusive to the US? Are there regions of the US that favor "whinge"?

Also, I believe "whinge" is aspirated when used in the UK; do Zildians/Australians pronounce it similarly (or is "whine" in use as well)? The H is quite clear when I pronounce "whine", but then I tend to similarly aspirate the Hs in "what", "which", "whether", etc. Is the more common USn approach to pronounce it exactly the same as "wine"?




#41210 - 09/10/01 09:33 PM Re: whinge vs. whine  
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Recently I have seen "whinge" in magazine ads, but could not tell where copy was written. I have never heard it spoken. My dictionary gives it, says it is British, pronounced "winj" I do not plan to use it.
I wonder if in UK dogs "whinge". I never heard one make the "j" sound.


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Whence the divergence of these two words (which both claim roots from OE "hwinsian")?

Interesting post Ghost. Welcome to the Board.
I thought whine was a sort of high pitched tone of voice that grates on one's nerves where someone goes on and on about something -- children are very good at it!
And whinge brought an image of someone flinching from doing something.
I hear whine in US and never hear whinge, but do see the word in Brit-locale books.

so now I know better ... or ??


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#41213 - 09/10/01 11:57 PM Re: whinge vs. whine  
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Darn it Max!!! I was hoping to use the planeload of Poms joke!!

For the record, Ozzies tend to use "winj" (adj.) and "winja" (noun). I thought we'd regard "wine" as somewhat British - so was surprised to find it's the preferred form in the US. No aspiration used in OzEnglish - the shortest way to the end of the word/sentence is the best way!!

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#41214 - 09/11/01 01:19 AM Re: whinge vs. whine  
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We do have a tendency to(wards the use of) whinge here in Oz, but to my mind they have subtlely different meanings. To whinge implies to complain, usually about a specific circumstance, with the intent of causing something or someone to change because of your actions. To whine suggests making annoying complaints for the sake of complaining.

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To whinge implies to complain, usually about a specific circumstance, with the intent of causing something or someone to change because of your actions. To whine suggests making annoying complaints for the sake of complaining.
I agree with the good doc, but would add that whinging* is usually about trivial matters and often with no real expectation of change though the possibility is there - "Mum, why does my brother ALWAYS get the window seat?" - "Oh, stop whinging!".
It is usually only small kids (or adults behaving like them) that whine as doc says in a continous stream "I'm cold, aren't we there yet? How much longer are we shopping? I don't like this sweet, I want that sweet".
And dogs whine not whinge.

* or whingeing, to cross threads.


#41216 - 09/11/01 10:47 AM Re: whinge vs. whine  
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* or whingeing, to cross threads.
Now, this is interesting. I had never heard of the word whinge before meeting people on this board, and in truth I'm still not sure how to pronounce it. But: when I first saw 'whingeing', my first response was, "No! The g before i can be soft". Then I immediately thought of the word
winging, in which, unless I have pronounced it wrong all my life, the two g's are pronounced the same.


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Yes, I would largely agree with others so far. But there is a key difference, surely: whine specifically describes making a high-pitched sound, whereas whinge is to complain in a rather pathetic manner. So though a whinge may be uttered in a whining tone, a whining tone is not the same as a whinge: it is used synecdochally. Personally I would pronounce them as winj and wine.

I will be interested to hear more detail about the roots of the words, since an initial check also suggests that they are not quite so identical as originally suggested:

whine (hwîn, wîn)

v., whined, whin·ing, whines.
v.intr.
1. To utter a plaintive, high-pitched, protracted sound, as in pain, fear, supplication, or complaint.
2. To complain or protest in a childish fashion.
3. To produce a sustained noise of relatively high pitch: jet engines whining.
v.tr.
To utter with a whine.
n.
1. The act of whining.
2. A whining sound.
3. A complaint uttered in a plaintive tone.
[Middle English whinen, from Old English hwînan, to make a whizzing sound.]

whinge (hwĭnj, wĭnj)
intr.v. Chiefly British., whinged, whing·ing, whing·es.
To complain or protest, especially in an annoying or persistent manner.
[Dialectal alteration of Middle English whinsen, from Old English hwinsian.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.



#41218 - 09/11/01 11:08 AM Re: whinge vs. whine  
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I had never heard of the word whinge before meeting people on this board, and in truth I'm still not sure how to pronounce it.
but heard a lot of whinging from the board as well.. Jackie

winj and winj-ing (like sponge is spunj) as opposed to wing and wing-ing. No modification of the soft or hard g by the addition of the -ing in either case.
Both whinging and whingeing are given in my POD.


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