Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 10:36:45 -0700
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]LINFIELD.EDU
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.
following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced,
thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after
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
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?
In the wilds of Orygun