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    Pronunciation of bout

    Wonder if this is usually pronounced like a boxing bout or with the French "boo" sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Little View Post
    Wonder if this is usually pronounced like a boxing bout or with the French "boo" sound.
    Boxing bout is how I’ve always heard.

    That’s ‘bout it. (Unless you’re Canadian, no bones a boot it.)
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    Round-a-bout!
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    I say boxing bout. But the people who insist on saying "aboot" when they mean "about" also talk about the boot of a guitar which leads to jokes about footwear or storage (think the boot of a car in the "other" English).
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    What he said.
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    A "bout" as in a boxing match and a "bout" as in the curve of an instrument have different etymological origins even though (nowadays) they're spelled and pronounced the same.
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    Reminds me of that song, What's it all Aboot, Alfie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    A "bout" as in a boxing match and a "bout" as in the curve of an instrument have different etymological origins even though (nowadays) they're spelled and pronounced the same.
    "Etymological"????? I'm afraid you continue to confuse this poor backwoods, redneck guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp69 View Post
    "Etymological"????? I'm afraid you continue to confuse this poor backwoods, redneck guy.
    Study of bugs?

    No wait, that's not it.

    The study of words and their origins.
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    That's a good point Al's making. Different etymologies could warrant different pronunciations. That said, boxing bout and a guitar's lower bout are pronounced the same in my neck of the woods. Then again, if you want to hear some weird accents, just travel around New England a bit. My ex-wife grew up in a nearby town that, unlike the rest of Massachusetts, adds "r"s rather than subtracts them. The word "father" is pronounced "farther." I am not joking.
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