Are PAWN and PORN homophones in your accent?

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Are PAWN and PORN homophones in your accent?

Post by Joan » 3 months ago

I was just reading a "hilarious" true life story about a New Yorker in Texas asking about the TV show Pawn Stars, but he kept pronouncing it Porn Stars. Much merriment ensued.

I was baffled, the I realised this was the r-lessness I keep hearing about on my American linguistic podcast. Trying to here the "r" in the way an American pronounces "car" is as difficult to me as tonal languages.

This lady sounds like she is saying porn over and over again to my ears. Or pawn. Okay, that's not quite true. I can distinguish the two pronunciations but I would take either to be porn or pawn based on context.

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Post by Mister Paul » 3 months ago

Brummies say the same thing. Then, I don't think they know the difference.
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Post by Rutabaga » 3 months ago

You say fellayshio and I say fellarshio,
Let's call the whole thing off?
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Post by Joan » 3 months ago

Rutabaga wrote:
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You say fellayshio and I say fellarshio,
Let's call the whole thing off?
That made me think of this, which has spontaneously become an earworm

You say fellatio, I say pistachio
Fellatio! Pistachio! Fellatio! Pistachio!
Let's call the....

As I can't get it out of my head, I'm writing a libretto I can work that song into.
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Post by Joan » 3 months ago

Porn was just an example.

Car and Ka would be another.
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Post by Rutabaga » 3 months ago

I have heard the latter referred to as "a kayay" though.
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Post by Mister Paul » 3 months ago

Joan wrote:
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Porn was just an example.

Car and Ka would be another.
I think that one might have been intentional.
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Post by Rocky » 3 months ago

Six, sex, sucks
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Post by LowlifeDes » 3 months ago

Rocky wrote:
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Six, sex, sucks
Sacks
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Post by ransos » 3 months ago

Rocky wrote:
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Six, sex, sucks
NZ? On a ferry from the south to north island, the captain invited us to "dick tin". Apparently, you could see dolphins from there.
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Post by JohnToo » 1 month ago

As this seems to be a ready made accents thread...

We are in Yorkshire (Hovingham to be precise) for a week. My wife has taken to pronouncing things with a full-blown Yorkshire accent. I suggested to her that this could be seen (coming from to all appearances a southerner) as patronising or mocking. She in turn pointed out that, when in France, pronouncing place names the French way is merely common courtesy.

Which of us right?😁
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Post by Joan » 1 month ago

They are Yorkshire folks: they are going to take offence whatever you do, with your soft, southern ways.
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Post by Dunckel » 1 month ago

So long as she dont start writing int fake Yoksheire axsent
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Post by Mister Paul » 1 month ago

My sister moved from Birmingham to Cheltenham about 18 years ago. She immediately went from saying bath to saying barth. She still has to force herself now, to the point that she will do things like occasionally saying cart instead of cat.

Hiding natural accents is something that I have a big thing about. They should be celebrated, not disguised. My brother's kids go to private school. Within six months their elocution lessons has removed most of their Brummie.

We live in North Somerset now. I talk how I talk. Our youngest is called Peaky at school and he loves it. Mind you, in Weston-S-M Brummie is the norm.
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Post by Joan » 1 month ago

JohnToo wrote:
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She in turn pointed out that, when in France, pronouncing place names the French way is merely common courtesy.😁
Please please tell me that she doesn't say, in English "we are going to Paree!"

If she does, you are married to a monster.
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