[DWJ] "Orthogonal" (orthogonally to T-shirt slogans)

S. Worthen sworthen at owlfish.com
Tue Jun 8 16:30:21 EDT 2010

  	Based on dictionary sampling, American dictionaries allow for  
variety (regional?) in pronouncing dour, while the British ones don't.

Some American dictionaries:
Merriam-Webster gives \ˈdu̇r, ˈdau̇(-ə)r\
The Cambridge Dictionary of American English: daur, dur

Some British dictionaries:
OED: du:r
Collins: [[doo]-er][rhymes with [tower]]


On Jun 8, 2010, at 8:29 PM, Colin Fine wrote:

> Gili Bar-Hillel wrote:
>> Mine was "coiffed". Another one was "dour". I thought it rhymed  
>> with "sour"
>> until two people in the same week corrected me that it is  
>> "door" (I kept on
>> with my old pronounciation as it was hard to shake. Now I simply  
>> avoid that
>> word altogether).
> I have always pronounced it to rhyme with "sour". I was aware of  
> "door" (or "doo-er"), but wouldn't think of using it: I'm really  
> quite surprised to find that the OED lists only [du:r].
> Colin
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