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Thanks. One of my suppressed memories of childhood holidays on the south coast was of being scared witless by Roger Shaw's frankly sinister features*. You've unlocked nightmares which will take an alarming amount of therapy and booze to lock away again.*This is true. He really did scare me for some reason. Although looking at him now it is obvious that he was manufactured in the same foundry as ATVLand's own Mike Prince.
I grew up in Westward's region and I used to love Roger Shaw as a kid - he was always very friendly before the programmes for the under fives. When I was under 5 myself I used to feel sure that these were the only programmes he liked watching, as he was so stern the rest of the time.I also loved the way he pronounced Wednesday properly on the authority announcment with all three syllables intact. Mind you, I loved Ian Stirling's "Wensdee" too...
Do you also prefer "January" and "February" pronounced with four syllables?(I try to pronounce them thus, if I remember. I usually don't.)
For what it's worth, Robin, people who say "Feb-you-airy" really grip my shit.I once met an American who thought my Northern pronounciation of Vegetables with all four syllables highly amusing. Funny, because over the six years since that encounter, I've subconsciously started to pronounce it "Vej-tubbles" instead. (The Beach Boys - American to a man - also pronounced it with four syllables. A regional thing in the States, perhaps?)I do make a point of pronouncing Ibiza "i-bits-er," but that's more by way of homage to Victor Lewis-Smith than anything else!
I must admit that I usually shorten the first two months of the year, because it sounds somehow unnatural and stilted if you don't.I always heard "vegetables" being pronounced with three syllables when/where I grew up (in the south), and if anything I think the Reithian way would have been to contract the word rather as "medicine" used to become "medsin", though older posh southerners sometimes stretched it out, like Noel Coward on "London Pride".
Roger Shaw does have slightly scary features, but he's ace. Is it worth mentioning that my mum used to live off Millhead Road in Honiton? Probably not...
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