What do you notice about this sentence?
"A rough-coated, dough-faced thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into his slough he coughed and hiccoughed."
The English syllable ough can be pronounced nine different ways! (In case you were wondering, slough means swamp and is pronounced "slew." Plowman, and hiccuped are the alternative spellings, although the pronunciation is the same.)
Words are so great! We mix and match only 26 characters and come up with enough to fill all the libraries, and all the blogs. How we say something identifies not only our thoughts, but where we grew up, our education, even our age. You say aunt and I say ant, I say he's cool, you say he's hot, I say that's good, and you say that's bad....
The Gab Blog had a fun post on different vernacular around the country. What about slang that changes from generation to generation? Ten phrases that date someone for me are:
- Give me a "ring" (on the phone.)
- He's my "main squeeze."
- I was "tickled" that she'd visit.
- She's "foxy."
- "Wait up!"
- "Tablebacks" (meaning "save my place.")
- "Wash up." (pronounced "warsh up")
- "Beta bangs"