Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 10:36:45 -0700 From: Peter McGraw Subject: ough >From one of those "Did you know..." lists that bounce around the Internet, followed by a comment from my son: > >>>> >The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. > >The > >following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, > >thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after > falling > >into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed." >Whough pronounces "slough" differently from "through"? They sound >like they rhyme to me. "Dough" vs. "Scarborough" also seems pretty >debatable. 1) Are there parts of the country where "slough" (i.e., the body of water) is pronounced other than [slu:]? 2) I presume that on the East Coast "Scarborough" has a schwa rather than an [o] as its final vowel, yes? Peter McGraw In the wilds of Orygun