April 25th, 2006


userinfo senji
2006/04/25 11:48:00 - Pol Pot Pole Poll
Consider the vowels in "Pol Pot" and "Pole", for each of the following words which vowel is it?

Livejournal Poll

Pol Pot
9(20.9%)
Pole
33(76.7%)
Other
1(2.3%)

Deed Poll

Pol Pot
14(32.6%)
Pole
28(65.1%)
Other
1(2.3%)

Poll Tax

Pol Pot
7(16.3%)
Pole
35(81.4%)
Other
1(2.3%)

Pole Position

Pol Pot
0(0.0%)
Pole
43(100.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Polling Station

Pol Pot
4(9.3%)
Pole
39(90.7%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Poll (dim as in Polly the Parrot)

Pol Pot
43(100.0%)
Pole
0(0.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Pole (as in Polish)

Pol Pot
0(0.0%)
Pole
43(100.0%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Tickybox

Pol Pot
12(30.0%)
Pole
2(5.0%)
Other
26(65.0%)

Where are you from (in terms of pronounciation-forming experiences)

Also…

Pol Pot
0(0.0%)
Pole
1(2.9%)
Other
1(2.9%)
Tickybox
17(48.6%)
The Khmer Rouge impaled my grandfather's head on a pike, you insensitive clod!
5(14.3%)

Current Location: CB4 0WS
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Entry Tags: poll, words

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userinfo beckyc
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2006/04/25 10:56:11
You've missed out the obvious "I'm a troll fol de rol"

(Which rhymes with pole, obviously)
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userinfo beckyc
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2006/04/25 11:09:33
Er, that should probably say something more like "obvious excuse to ask", since they don't use pol in any form. Must sleep before replying...
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userinfo angelofthenorth
2006/04/25 11:20:36
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userinfo enismirdal
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2006/04/25 11:48:24
Surely, "The Khmer Rouge impaled my grandfather's head on a pole, you insensitive clod!"?
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userinfo ilanin
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2006/04/25 13:10:38
You can't impale something on a pole!
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userinfo ewx
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2006/04/25 13:16:42
Don't see why not. After you've removed their heart with a spoon, perhaps.
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userinfo ilanin
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2006/04/25 13:35:50
Because a pole has a blunt end, and the act of impaling requires a spike. From OED:

4. a. To thrust a pointed stake through the body of, as a form of torture or capital punishment; to fix upon a stake thrust up through the body.
b. transf. To transfix upon, or pierce through with, anything pointed; fig. to torment or render helpless as if transfixed.


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userinfo ewx
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2006/04/25 13:48:15
It could be a sharpened pole (as indeed some dictionaries acknowledge). & outside the confines of dictionaries I've met uses which certainly didn't involve actually sharp objects.
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userinfo ilanin
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2006/04/25 13:55:25
A sharpened pole is a pole no longer.

1. a. In early use, A stake, without reference to length or thickness; now, a long, slender, and more or less cylindrical and tapering piece of wood (rarely metal), as the straight stem of a slender tree stripped of its branches; used as a support for a tent, hops or other climbing plants, telegraph or telephone wires, etc., for scaffolding, and for other purposes. (See also 2.)

If you sharpen it it becomes a stake, spike, or spear.
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userinfo ewx
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2006/04/25 13:59:51 - A sharpened pole is a pole no longer.

Rubbish.

Sharpen a telephone pole, and see how many people you can persuade it's not a pole any more, for instance.


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userinfo ilanin
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2006/04/25 15:32:08
Unless it's from Poland, of course.
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userinfo edith_the_hutt
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2006/04/25 15:01:01
The OED has never seen Shawn of the Dead
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userinfo enismirdal
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2006/04/26 23:46:20
Perhaps you should have told the Khmer Rouge that before they tried it with my grandfather... ;)
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userinfo vyvyan
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2006/04/25 12:44:21
Mm, rather as I expected, my pronunciations of poll (head; vote-count) and Poll (the name) are like the RP forms given in the OED i.e. /pəʊl/ and /pɒl/ respectively.
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userinfo andrewwyld
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2006/04/25 13:14:46
There's a chunk at the beginning of Andy Warhol where Bowie and the engineer have a conversation on these lines:

ENG:  This is andy warhole and it’s take one, take one.
BOWIE:  It’s, it’s warhol actually.
ENG:  What did I say?
BOWIE:  Whole, it’s whole as in wholes.
ENG:  andy warhol?
BOWIE:  Wah, andy war hol, andy war hol.
[ENG laughs]
BOWIE:  Like whole hub.  Are you ready?
ENG:  Yeah.
[laughter]
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userinfo cartesiandaemon
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2006/04/25 15:05:06
Agh! I couldn't take this last night :) I did notice you use "pronounciation" as well :)
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userinfo senji
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2006/04/25 15:27:30
Intentional here :)

Courtesy of Mara and the afe pronounciation threads of doom.
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userinfo cartesiandaemon
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2006/04/25 15:37:33
Hmm. I was curious because it was numberland who forced that word into my mind, I don't know that she isn't her...
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userinfo senji
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2006/04/25 16:41:45
Unless the young woman I met at Maeshafn was a stunt-double then she wasn't numberland.
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userinfo cartesiandaemon
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2006/04/25 16:45:17
ROFL. OK, that's conclusive. The revelling in the pronunciation of it just reminded me, and I know she reads Eddings, so I felt I needed to check :) Thanks.
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userinfo chess
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2006/04/25 15:11:52
Argh. Polling Station and Deed Poll and Poll Tax all have both pronounciations from me, depending on mood / other people...
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