December 5th, 2003

userinfo senji
2003/12/05 18:04:00 - Words Mememememe

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userinfo mobbsy
2003/12/05 10:32:45
Ghods. Will this thing just keep getting longer?

And am I the only person who'd call a veranda thus? (Nobody else on my friends list seems to have done so yet).

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userinfo bjh21
2003/12/05 10:40:26
I'd use the same word, though I'd probably spell it "verandah" if pushed to spell it at all.
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userinfo skloak
2003/12/05 15:43:53
People in southern .us will call it a veranda. The same people who have southern belles and plantations. By extension, probably if someone from, say, New Mexico visited, say, Mississippi, and saw a big manor house with one, they'd call it a veranda too, despite it usually being called a porch back home. It's a look thing.
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userinfo mobbsy
2003/12/05 16:05:00
Ah, I tend to associate the word with the British Raj; officers sitting around sipping pink gin and being gratuitously patronising to servants sort of thing.

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userinfo emperor
2003/12/06 03:06:58
I did, but I answered the meme in marnanel's livejournal
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userinfo vyvyan
2003/12/06 03:10:08
I would call it a veranda(h) too. It suggests period dramas set in country mansions to me: corseted women in hats taking the air, on the arm of cavalry officers etc. A porch to me means a very small room adjoining your front door in which you might wipe your feet on a mat and leave heavy or wet outer clothing. My parents used to have such a room in a previous house: a bungalow, actually. It frightened me, because it was always cold and damp and full of spiders.
I haven't answered this quiz-meme myself because I don't think I have any particularly interesting or non-standard words for things, having grown up and been educated entirely in an Oxford-Cambridge-London triangle (i.e. the heartland of Standard Southern British English) amongst the upper-middle classes for the most part. The only vaguely interesting characteristic of my speech I've noticed is that I pronounce "if" as if it were spelt "iv". Perhaps by analogy with "of"; it also allows me to make a pronunciation distinction between "if" and "iff" when talking to philosophers (so, not particularly often!). But that's not dialectal, it's idiolectal, and really just a learning error left over from my childhood, I think.
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