On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 6 16:40:22 EST 2003


--- Ven <vendersleighc at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I said 
> Jon said
> >But we can't trust how Victorians say place 
> names as
> >they (in my experience) pronounce the name of 
> the
> >large industrial city near where i live with the
> >middle sylable to sound like ass not arse.
> >(Newcastle).
> 
> and Robyn replied
> 
> <I think you will find that this depends very
> much 
> on where they were 
> educated. No girl from my school would used what 
> you describe as 
> "Victorian" pronunciation.>
> 
> 
> And I was thinking "Where?" they were educated,
> not "When?" until I remembered that Victoria is a
> state in Australia so victorian in this instance
> does not refer to an era. I was very puzzled,
> Jon, asd to how you could be so sure about how
> Victorians (top hats and penwipers) pronounced
> things!
> 

No you were right the first time, Australians are very
long lived (something to do with living life upside
down I suspect)  :)


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