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