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October 2nd, 2013 04:38 PM #76
Oh yeah, vest = waistcoat. But then what would you call sleeveless tops?
I didn't realise that route depends on what you're talking about, though it makes sense when thinking about Route 66. I reckon the only time we say 'rowter' is when talking about the tool. And I didn't know a 'row' was just British! I've never thought about that one before. Haven't heard of a plumber rooter though.
In both my accent and when I try it in an American accent, Tom rhymes with bomb. The only way I can explain the difference is with Don and Dawn which I'm told sound the same over the pond. They're quite different in my southern English accent.
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October 2nd, 2013 05:29 PM #78Senior Member
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Geeknamez, sorry for the late reply, I leave the thread for a few days and it's more than doubled in length I'm from Alexandria (which incidentally I love as a name, but would probably only consider as a middle).
The route pronunciation gets me too I switch it up depending on the context, like I would actually say, "I'm on 'root' 1. Which 'rowt' should I take?" which drives my bf batty but just makes me laugh then again with his southern accent, I laugh at how he pronounces both a pen and a pin the same (like pin). You don't write with a pin!!
October 2nd, 2013 05:44 PM #80
@C&P, Hannah and other Britberries: Canada's quite interesting because we use a mix of the two. We use British spellings (e.g. colour not color) though some people use the American ones in casual writing. Our pronunciation is generally closer to America's. I'm from Toronto though and there isn't really a "Toronto accent"; I have relatives from western Canada and various places in the States and I don't find their accents noticeably different. Some people in eastern Canada (the Maritimes region) have a bit of a regional accent, but it's close enough I'd know 99-100% of what they were saying.
Vocabulary- we use some UK, some US and some of our own! Probably more of the US ones though. Or sometimes, both words are used. Examples:
-postcode (UK)/ZIP code (US)/postal code (Can)
-tap (UK,Can)/faucet (US)
-crisps (UK)/chips (US/Can)
-tights (UK)/pantyhose (US), Canada both
There are lots but just can't think of/find any more! Of course, I just confuse myself more by watching a lot of UK-made movies and reading UK books and newspapers!~Love names, literature, royals and horses~ <3
Girls: Azalea, Cordelia, Elizabeth, Rosalind, Portia, Victoria, Diana, Felicity, Juliet, Scarlett
Boys: Fitzwilliam, Sebastian, Percival, Prospero, Orlando, Darcy... don't love many boys' names!
October 2nd, 2013 06:38 PM #82
@anotherkate, wow that's close! My dad used to work in Alexandria. I'm from a bit further out into the suburbs--think end of the Orange Line .
And @bonfireazalea: I'm in the US and I use tap and faucet interchangeably. I also always say tights, not pantyhose--I think it's mainly older generations that call them that.Gwen
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October 2nd, 2013 06:42 PM #84
I didn't even know there was a tool called a "rowter", but I do remember that you call a wrench a spanner.
Hearing the difference of a flatter O sound is similar to the second A sound in salaam, LAHM rather than LOHM (like in Carol Lombard). TAHM rather than TOHM.
But you're right, there's no difference between Don and Dawn in my accent.Livy/Lucy : Geneva/Gwen : Coralie/Alice : Noelle/Eve
Eli/Bennett : Jude/Zane: Luke/Leo : Levi/Phineas