Date: Tue, 8 Feb 1994 13:20:11 +0100 From: Peter Trudgill 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 poem 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 Section d'anglais BFSH 2 University of Lausanne CH-1015 Lausanne Switzerland Phone: +41-21-692 4593 Fax: +41-21-692 4637/4510 Home Phone and Fax (CH): +41-21-728 1916 Home Phone and Fax (GB): +44-603-618036