Our deadly version of the pronunciation game

The British library and the Today programme were having a little innocent fun over new trends in pronunciation today.

 ‘Haitch’ or ‘aitch’? How do you pronounce ‘H’?

We remember with a shudder the local version. Like saacrifice, maass, AA B.C. – Your turn at compulsory Russian roulette…

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  • fitzjameshorse1745

    On a serious note in an amusing thread I am not a big fan of the current fad of wearing football jerseys/rugby tops/GAA tops whatever as it unecessarily draws attention to a persons potential religion and is too often done just to look like a political statement as much as sports loyalty or a fashion trend.
    Theres a time and place.
    Ive even set on trains and heard mobile phone ring tones that are enough to label a person.
    Its tacky.

    Again on a serious note Im genuinely shocked at the information in online profiles such as Facebook.

    But lets not forget that there are children in both communities who can get a hiding for merely wearing a school uniform.
    In that respect we have not really moved on.

  • Kaido

    Thanks for the education.

    I was always led to believe that in Ballymena SEX was when they had their tae.

  • Kaido

    and FADGE – don’t forget the fadge.

  • Alan Maskey

    1. Football tops: Is this because Munster whopped Ulster?
    2. Mobile phones: Get a blocker like me;) I
    3. Facebook: As I posted elsewhere, the Old Bill are now using it and being trained in it to catch crims: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11652509

  • Rory Carr

    Risking getting a hiding for wearing the ‘wrong’ school uniform is not peculiar to Northern Ireland, Fitzy. The risk is just as real in Tottenham or St. Albans or leafy Cheltenham or Paris or New York for that matter. The xenophobia of tribalism is alive and well throughout our little world, so in that respect N.I. is just as ‘normal’ as anywhere else.

  • “potato bread”

    We call in fadge in the Kingdom of Moyle.

  • lamhdearg

    “received stupidity” So Mike is it my lugs or my noggin that’s at fault then?, as i hear safeaday.

  • SEX sex days a week, fjh, but niver on a Sunday 🙂

  • The Marine Hotel in Ballycastle had(has?) a no sports wear policy.

  • karlopolo

    Why wouldn’t you pronounce the ‘h’ in ‘h’ ? 🙂

  • Hopping The Border

    That would be a very local way of pronouncing it alright sammy!

  • JH

    The Church of Ireland considers itself Catholic though.

  • lamhdearg

    karlopolo
    Spelling letters in this way is silly in my view, but in the context of the post and using the format of blogging i.e. no sound i allowed myself to spell “aitch” if you or anyone else is still unsure how to ponounce said letter my i direct you to the sesame street web site, i find it useful for my 3 year old (not me off course). Watch out for zee as it sould be zed,damm i done it again. ps i know my English is poor.

  • Alias

    “Clearly you don’t get out and about much but I would have thought that while house-bound you might at least ahve read some novels or watched some films where the danger of having the wrong accent in the wrong place is a recurrent theme in gritty modern drama set in many different cities and cultures.” – Rory Carr

    You’re not a very bright boy, are you Rory? Let me explain it to you. Do you see the little link under a post that says “Reply”? Well, when a post is indented under another post, it means that the poster is replying to the post above it. Still with me or is this getting too technical for you? Now here is the post above my post:

    “I studied in Belfast and have worked in Belfast off and on for the last twenty years (more on than off). I have never been particularly broad (so I think) in my speech and use of coloquialisms. But in Belfast one of the first things people say to me when they have first met me is “Derry man then ? “.

    Now this I have absolutely no problem with, after all it is where I’m from, but it did often give me pause for thought depending on where I was in Belfast. My thinking was that the wrong sort would just assume I’m a “Fenian” and thus a target for their agression etc.

    And in actual fact I have had experiences of this sort of behaviour simply because of my accent/dialect. I never really would have had the time to explain to the neanderthal that I might actually be a Protestant and given him the percentage religous breakdown of the population in Derry.” – Wabbits

    Now, as you’re a bit simpleminded and as I’m sensitive to your special needs, I’ll explain to you that the poster was explaining that his Northern Irish accent could make him a target for sectarian abuse from other Northern Irish based on (a) the region of Northern Ireland that was identified in his accent, and (b) the ad hoc calculations percentage of Catholics and Protestents who lived in that region.

    So do you now begin to grasp, simpleton, that the context is not accents that identfy one as foreign to a region but accents that may identify you as either Catholic or Protestant based on said calculations? You do? Good boy! Now read on:

    “I hadn’t considered that your accent could make you a target for sectarian abuse. It’s interesting that demographic calculations come into play.” – Alias

    Now you’re welcome to give examples of where similiar calculations have been made in “gritty modern drama” as the basis for sectarian abuse as you claim but I think that you simply didn’t understand the context because that simple task was beyond you, don’t you?

  • Rory Carr

    I once had to explain to an English friend that when a Tyrone man referred to him as, “A while mawn in-tyer-ly” (A wild man entirely) he simply meant that he found him to be a slightly amusing person.

  • Would that not have been a ‘wile mawn’, Rory?

  • Greenflag

    Assuming for just a moment that your Engllish friend was of the species ( Soccerati hooliganensis ) not true of course , would that have been an overstatement trumping an understatement or vice versa 😉 ?

  • Greenflag

    Alias /Maskey ‘

    I would not accuse Rory of being unbright . For clarity of thought – common sense , honesty and a wry humour he leaves you in the dust despite your lengthy neo con missives on the perils of the EU , the evil of trades unions and the sheer mendacious avarice of ‘working class ‘ Britons and Irish and of course being the ‘simpletons’ they are how could they not grasp that the IMF, Goldman Sachs , and the City of London and Wall St and their ‘bought ‘ politicians in Westminster, Congress and the Dail have only the people’s interest at heart .;(

    And you can repeat that in any accent you want .

  • Mike

    You tell me!

    The word is “safe”, with a “ty” ending. Simple. It’s not “safeity” – where does the extra syllable come from…?