Date: Tue, 8 Feb 1994 22:53:51 -0800
From: THOMAS L CLARK tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU
Subject: Re: Sluff/Slough
On Tue, 8 Feb 1994, Peter Trudgill wrote:
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, haven't seen you since that glorious week at METHODS whichever in
Victoria, B.C. (though my students are very familiar with your books).
But your remind me:
Though slew is sluff
and slough is /slau/
We're tough enough
(or is it /nau/)
To cough it 'ough.'
Enuff for nough?