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    Posted by Pip (U2800217) on Friday, 25th March 2011

    When my children were small, their favourite film was the Disney cartoon of Robin Hood. I always assumed the actors' pronunciation of this name (as if it was all one word, falling off a cliff) was 'The American Way'.
    Just now 'Jill Archer' pronounced the word 'milkshake' in a way I'd never heard before. Does it have an American origin?

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    Posted by Pip (U2800217) on Friday, 25th March 2011

    Trying to put it in sounds, it was something like:

    Milk (slight pause) shay-AKE

    Yes, I'm procrastinating, instead of getting back to work.

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    Posted by Brian Duncan (U14268215) on Friday, 25th March 2011

    Trying to put it in sounds, it was something like:

    Milk (slight pause) shay-AKE

    Yes, I'm procrastinating, instead of getting back to work.
     

    Maybe somebody goosed her half way through the word.

    Seriously, though, I guess "MILKshake" is American, but copied generally in the English-speaking world. In my little corner of Scotland, such words tend to be pronounced as spondees (i.e. with equal stresses on both parts of the word, or possibly slightly stronger stress on the second syllable). I don't like them anyway, so I rarely say the word, but I think I'd probably favour "MILKshake" nowadays. I'd never say "ROBinhood" that way though - unless I were actually in America.

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    Posted by Pip (U2800217) on Friday, 25th March 2011

    Thanks, Brian - I don't like them either, but it's the principle of the thing!

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    Posted by max joe (U2445124) on Monday, 28th March 2011

    Thank you, Brian. The first sentence of your response made me laugh out loud, a rare ocurrence on these MBs. The aptness of the explanation was matched only by the mental image it conjured up. Priceless! smiley - laugh

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