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Old Aug 21st 2012, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by lmj50 View Post
I don't think it is phonetic. There is an "H" in have.
I will agree that if you had a Birmingham accent or from Dudley you may be right though.
Not just West Midlands, surely! People who pronounce the H in "could have" are in a very small minority I think - probably only found in the Home Counties!
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 1:36 pm
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Not just West Midlands, surely! People who pronounce the H in "could have" are in a very small minority I think - probably only found in the Home Counties!

Well not really. If you listen to Huw Edwards the news reader, his pronunciation is pretty good.
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by lmj50 View Post
What I dislike is the use of "there" when it should be "their" and "your" instead of "you're". However the use of the word "of" where is should be "have", really gets to me for some reason!!!
For example "could of", "should of" etc.
How did that come about? Is this poor spelling or just poor education?
I agree - I also have a correspondent who uses 'brought' instead of 'bought' - always gets me.

As common as the greengrocer's apostrophe is the estate agent's 'comprised of' - 'the accommodation is comprised of three bedrooms...'

I see a big difference between Joe Public doing it and a professional communicator - news reader, reporter and so on. Anyone can make a mistake but for them there really is no excuse.
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I agree - I also have a correspondent who uses 'brought' instead of 'bought' - always gets me.

As common as the greengrocer's apostrophe is the estate agent's 'comprised of' - 'the accommodation is comprised of three bedrooms...'

I see a big difference between Joe Public doing it and a professional communicator - news reader, reporter and so on. Anyone can make a mistake but for them there really is no excuse.
Well you must really get hacked off with Jonthan Ross then, he says BWOUGT.
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 2:10 pm
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I don't really mind how people pronounce things, as long as they mainly talk sense, and are willing to listen as well!
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Not just West Midlands, surely! People who pronounce the H in "could have" are in a very small minority I think - probably only found in the Home Counties!
Have a listen to people in the media, very, very few pronounce "been" as "bean", it's nearly always "bin" . My pet hate, along with the word "lavatory", for some reason it makes me squirm.
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Have a listen to people in the media, very, very few pronounce "been" as "bean", it's nearly always "bin".
Does it matter? The meaning is clear.
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 2:45 pm
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Does it matter? The meaning is clear.
To some people it does to others not.

I know someone who goes ape if he hears "comistes/ pusistes" etc. which is a very common way of speaking nowadays.

Same thing just a different language.
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To some people it does to others not.

I know someone who goes ape if he hears "comistes/ pusistes" etc. which is a very common way of speaking nowadays.

Same thing just a different language.
He'd better not come down here then, the letter S hasn't been heard for years!
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He'd better not come down here then, the letter S hasn't been heard for years!


Good one.
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 4:21 pm
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I can't stand dropping the T. Bu-err and Sa-err-day.

It's not just Andalucians who drop letters.
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 4:58 pm
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I can't stand dropping the T. Bu-err and Sa-err-day.

It's not just Andalucians who drop letters.
Andalucians don't just drop letters, they drop entire syllables!
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Fred James View Post
I can't stand dropping the T. Bu-err and Sa-err-day.

It's not just Andalucians who drop letters.
I really hate to hear it, seems to be on TV all the time.
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 5:54 pm
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My pet hate is hearing professional news readers pronounce the word drawing as "droring", even making a special or deliberate effort to pronounce the non existent letter R .

I can never quite work out why they do it, unless of course they are unable to spell. ?
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Old Aug 21st 2012, 6:37 pm
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It must be a regional thing, but my OH says "windowscreen" instead of "windscreen" which really grates on me.
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