Thursday, 17 June 2010

Ladies Day

It was an ex of mine who brought it to my attention as she overheard a pair of elegant young women dressed to the nines and off to Ladies Day.

"They're faux" she whispered "listen to the way they say ass-cot. If they belonged at asct they'd know how to pronounce it."

I put it down to sour grapes, but make of it what you will.

7 comments:

Blue Eyes said...

As a fully paid-up pronunciation fascist I have some sympathy with these ladies. I really dislike the way some people lengthen vowels like that. It's a very short "o", just like in Didcot.

English Pensioner said...

Reminds me of many years ago when I was on the train going home. The two young ladies opposite were discussing house hunting, and one of them said that she had just seen exactly the house she wanted, and at a good price. The other asked whether she had made an offer for it, and the response was "Oh no, I couldn't possibly live in a place called Effingham"

Anonymous said...

As one "well-to-do" chap said to another hapless soul...

AscOt!! AscOt is a bloody water heater! Its Asc't dear fellow!

Coney Island

Budgie said...

Whilst the confusion in print of "your" and "you're" leads to confusion in reading, who cares whether someone pronounces Ascot as "Ascott" or "Asct"?

Demetrius said...

They should have gone to Pontefract, the linquistics there are fascinating.

Mrs Rigby said...

Never really thought about it before, but we say "Asct", so we're obviously not faux even though we've never been to the races.

Bob Doney said...

I'm a water heater sort of chap myself, and I rarely use the word "faux" in everyday conversation. Better stick to whippets and racing pigeons I spose.