Pronunciation (Was: Question: "High" concepts in Fantasy)

Emma Comerford emmaco at
Sat Mar 8 01:58:52 EST 2003

>That's because Victorians (or Melbournians, at least) tend to pronouce words
>like "castle" similar to the American way (cassle) instead of the British
>(car-stle). Another example is that we pronouce "France" and "prance" and
>similar words as in "cancer" while Sydneysiders say it the British way
>(FrAHnce).  I wonder how this particular difference came about. There are
>some other linguistic differences between NSW and Victoria (or maybe it's
>just between Sydneysiders and Melbournians?) that seem to be isolated
>oddities. An exmple
>that springs to mind is that we (Melbournians) use the word "bathers" while
>Sydneysiders say "swimsuit', "swimming costume" or "cozzie". When I grew up
>we only ever said "bathers", never anything else. What's even more
>interesting is that "bathers" is a plural word, as in "Where are my
>bathers?" though it's sometimes referred to as a "pair of bathers". I call
>examples like this oddities because while there mght be some subtle
>differences in accent or language use among various Australian states or
>cities, there's nothing like the huge and instantly recognisable accent and
>differences that you find among the US states or in the UK.

To add to the confusion, nearly all Queenslanders I know call them "togs"!

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