Re: Help! (Suzianne 41202)
- Dear Suzi
Re: "Y'all talk funny in Cornwall"
How dare you madam.We all be talking the Queen's English down 'ere
same as what you should be a doin'.
Way back in the forties, when I was chosen with other cadets to sail to America to learn the art of flying aircraft, we were lectured that we were essentially ambassadors, paving the way for Uncle Sam's visiting nephews and nieces receiving the shock treatment of wartime England where poverty of food and finance was part of our life.
We were warned of the language difference and issued with a booklet
full of words we should mull over before usage.
One which stands out for me was BUM which to me referred to a person's posterior housing his glutius maximus muscle.However the US version referred to a tramp;a hobo.
I don't remember the booklet telling me a rubber was a device for
preventing pregnancy, and wondered why the young lady at the PX blushed when all I wanted was an eraser to rub out pencil mistakes in my course work.
By far the worst was when I and a fellow cadet accepted a lift from a charming lady on our way to Tulsa.
From much practice I can stifle a laugh when someone makes an obvious faux pas, but my friend in the rear seat had to pretend to cough violently into his handkerchief when our guest driver declared:
"I've been on the road since eight this morning and I've got a sore fanny".
To our youthful ears that described an affliction of part of a woman's
pudendum about which gentlemen never mention.
However, dear lady, getting back to pronunciations:
I thank you for coming to my assistance and will henceforth brazenly use 'con-troversy' as being correct. My parent's taught me that way and I'm sticking to it.
--- In email@example.com, "Susan Donahue" <suzianne411@...> wrote:
> Dear Wings...Y'all talk funny in Cornwall, but in this case I think (Con-troversy) with the accent on con is pretty close to the way we would pronounce the word here in Arkansas. However, the dictionary provides this: con·tro·ver·sy /ˈkɒntrəˌvɜrsi; Brit. also kənˈtrɒvərsi/ Show Spelled[kon-truh-vur-see; Brit. also kuhn-trov-er-see] with the accent on trov.
> Confused??? Me, too
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Wings081" <wings081@> wrote:
> > Will one of you university teachers of the English language kindly save me from applying for a bed in a psychiatric ward.
> > Let me tell you my problem:
> > For more years than I care to remember I have always pronounced the word
> > describing a clash of opinions as: CONTROVERSY (Con-troversy)but these days the BBC,that body we have always lovingly referred to as 'Auntie Beeb',(That organisation we have hitherto looked up to as being correct
> > in our Anglican language heritage) now pronounces the word as CONTRAVERSY.(Contra-versy)
> > Breaking it down it would appear to refer to being against verse.
> > (Better not tell our good friend Bernard)
> > Please you pedagogues of the spoken word, save me from going insane
> > by agreeing or not with my dilemma.
> > As always
> > Wings.
- Wings,Thank you. I will!Jay-----Original Message-----
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Wings081
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 4:20 AM
Subject: [ticket2write] Re: Help! and an update on my novel (41214 Jay)
Looking forward to seeing it on Amazon.
Perhaps when that is achieved and you have a little time to spare,
you might encourage other members by listing your trials and tribulations for success.
Best of luck