ough the cough
avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Mon Dec 6 19:20:17 UTC 1999
"Prof. Roly Sussex" wrote:
> The following sentence is repeated hundreds of times on the Web
> - it purports to give 9 pronunciations of ough:
> "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of
> Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
> How many do native American speakers find? I need hough = hock to
> make 9 in Australian English. Or lough = loch ...
Hmm, I have 2 pronunciations for slough. As the verb I pronounce and write it
as "sluff". As the noun referring to a marsh, I pronounce it /slau/ to rhyme
with "plough" (which I would write as "plow", but that's another matter).
Having said that, the latter pronunciation may be due to my English husband's
influence. I really never had occasion to read or say "slough" until recently.
Back in Texas, we just said "Louisiana".
(who has no idea what they call them in CT)
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