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Re: CHAT: Pronunciation of Slough

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Friday, May 12, 2000, 7:59
> Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 00:20:34 -0700 > From: Barry Garcia <Barry_Garcia@...>
> >(I STILL have no idea how 'slough' should be pronounced.) > > One way is said like "slew" (dictionary writes the pronunciation as > "slou"), and it's a swampy area, like the nearby Elk Horn Slough
Corrigendum: I just checked my big Webster. There's a Northern US/Canada variant of the word that means marshy pond or inlet, and which can also be spelled slew or slue --- but that one is pronounced 'slo_o_' (with the lines over the o's). That's probably the one found in Elk Horn Slough. In other senses (swamp and so on) it's pronounced 'slou' and can only be spelled slough. Webster's 'ou' is the sound in out, which for me makes this slough rhyme with cow just like Slough, but not Elk Horn Slough. And slough like a snake does is just a homograph. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)