English muffins = glazed buns

Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Mon Jan 8 18:24:25 UTC 2001

FYA, when I shared Lynne's "accentless" story with my colleagues here, I
got the following response:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 11:19:23 -0700
From: Ed White <emwhite at EMAIL.ARIZONA.EDU>
Subject: Re: Linguistic laugh of the day: "no accent" (fwd)

This reminds me of a similar conversation I had in England, at a pastry
shop.  I asked what certain familiar looking items were called, to be informed
that they were "glazed buns."  "Interesting," I replied; in the US we call
them "English muffins." "Really," came the cool reply, "How odd.  Since
they REALLY ARE glazed buns."  --Ed White

-- Original Message --

>Date:    Sun, 7 Jan 2001 15:31:01 +0000
>From:    Lynne Murphy <lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK>
>My family is all from western NY--paternal side from Attica, maternal from
>Niagara Falls area.
>P.S.  Slightly amusing story:  While in the US last week, a hairdresser,
>upon finding out that I live in England said:  "Do they make fun of you
>there because you don't have an accent?"
>M Lynne Murphy
>Lecturer in Linguistics
>School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
>University of Sussex
>Brighton BN1 9QH

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