Are PAWN and PORN homophones in your accent?

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Are PAWN and PORN homophones in your accent?

Post by Joan » 1 month 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 » 1 month ago

Brummies say the same thing. Then, I don't think they know the difference.
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Post by Rutabaga » 1 month ago

You say fellayshio and I say fellarshio,
Let's call the whole thing off?
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Post by Joan » 1 month 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 » 1 month ago

Porn was just an example.

Car and Ka would be another.
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Post by Rutabaga » 1 month ago

I have heard the latter referred to as "a kayay" though.
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Post by Mister Paul » 1 month 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 » 1 month ago

Six, sex, sucks
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Post by LowlifeDes » 1 month ago

Rocky wrote:
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Six, sex, sucks
Sacks
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Post by ransos » 1 month 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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