Date: Tue, 8 Feb 1994 13:20:11 +0100

From: Peter Trudgill PeterJohn.Trudgill[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ANGL.UNIL.CH

Subject: Re: Sluff/Slough

The British Rail announcer must have been joking - EVERYONE in

Britain knows it's pronounced /slau/ - witness the famous John Betjeman


Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough,

It's not much good for people now----

(Second line isn't right, but it does end in "now".)

Peter Trudgill

P.J. Trudgill FBA

Professor of English Language and Linguistics

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