"effeminate speech", 1801
TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Fri Jun 6 21:08:52 UTC 2003
Fritz Juengling wrote:
> He also claimed that the father of the Boy Scouts, Baden-Powell
> pronounced his name to rhyme with 'Noel.' Can anyone provide any
> sources for these claims?
That second claim is correct, I believe. Baden-Powell had such
trouble with people pronouncing his name wrongly that he wrote a
little ditty to help them:
Man, women, maiden
Please pronounce it Baden
As for the Powell
Rhyme it please please with Noel.
But I can't give you chapter and verse for when he wrote it.
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