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The Ploughman

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#8262
Fun:*** (2.84)
Difficulty:** (1.43)
Category:Language
Submitted By:dsquared*nz****
Corrected By:MarcM1098

 

 

 



What is so incredible about the sentence below?

A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed, houghed, and hiccoughed.





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Comments

Julia
Dec 19, 2002

Doesnt everyone pronounce dough like you would say the letter "o" in the alphabet, and the same with ScarbourOUGH? please respond at my email, Chicklet52@aol.com, because I would like to see what accent pronounces those two words differently. I tried a British accent (I'm American" and i just laughed at myself, so I need some help.
tissueAus*
Dec 19, 2002

awesome!
O_wise_one*
Dec 19, 2002

Julia, if you are TRYING to sound like the British, then you KNOW that you need some help.
flynn
Dec 19, 2002

In the UK the common pronunciation is Scar-bur-ah
dsquared*nz*
Jan 07, 2003

Hi there Julia (assuming that is your real name),

I just thought I would respond to your question here as I prefer not to use e-mail for Braingle stuff.

I had a laugh when I pictured you trying to pronounce this (sorry, but as you pointed out, it was funny ;) ).

The pronounciations should actually all be different (I think in British english). I realise that different accents may make the answer incorrect which was why I mentioned it in the answer for the teaser. I hope this kinda clarifies it for you.

regards,
D^2.
Rowsdower*
Dec 30, 2003

Oo's 'Enry 'iggins? Really fun teaser!
dieblondboff**
Apr 13, 2004

it's pronounced scarbrah.
Thats real london english
Vigo95Aus**
Mar 25, 2006

what is hough ?
mik512Adk*
Nov 26, 2006

it does depend on where you are from. I have a slight southern accent so when I spoke aloud most of them sounded the same.
jazzmusician46Aau*
Feb 29, 2008

Easy and pretty obvious. Thanks thOUGH!
shawnbseAus*
Feb 29, 2008

there are actually 10 words with the letters "ough" in them
bradon182001*us*
Feb 29, 2008

I recognized the repeated ough in the sentence, but didn't get the significance of it. In that regard, I'd have to say "you got me." I can see that there will probably be a lot of comments on this teaser, and that's the object isn't it? Good teaser, thanks for posting.
salepriceAca*
Feb 29, 2008

as an `old` English `girl` myself, where I come from these pronunciations are correct:
rruff,doh,plow,burra,sluff,
coff,huff,hicupped or hicoffed...hope this helps with language barrier.Aren`t we Brits barmy?? LOL.
auntiesisAus*
Feb 29, 2008

I agree with everything Bradon said. Thanks Dsquared. it was fun.
pansyAus*
Feb 29, 2008

THat was good, but I didn't know what was important until I was the answer..............
locutus13dsus*
Feb 29, 2008

I got tem instances as well. Doesn't anybody care that the answer is wrong?
Teasers4meSirus
Feb 29, 2008

I find it odd only a couple people counted 10, not 9. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!
babyjazze*
Feb 29, 2008

I figured the answer was "ough", but i got confused because somewhere it said there were 9, so i dismissed the "ough"s because there are 10. no offense, but who corrects these things???
Trishgal*us*
Feb 29, 2008

Easy... I liked it THX
smartymarty***
Feb 29, 2008

Me too, I saw the repeated use of "ough" words right away, but didn't note that they had different pronunciations. There are 10 words with ough, but I think only nine are pronounced differently. Aren't coughed and hiccoughed pronounced the same? If you were going to pronounce it hiccupped, you would spell that way. I liked it anyway
smartymarty***
Feb 29, 2008

Is saleprice right about slough being pronounced sluff? I thought it was sloo.
fatster
Feb 29, 2008

Babyjazz,

You dismissed the "ough" because there were 10 and "somewhere" it said there 9?

The only place it said 9 was in the answer, so if you looked there, you can hardly use that as an excuse.

Who corrects your comments before posting?

It WAS a great puzzle!
kratsgus*
Feb 29, 2008

There are only 7 widely accepted pronunciations of "ough" Any more than that is just wrong.
2ndhandroseca*
Feb 29, 2008

Very Easy. Yes, there are ten.
At first I counted 9

Thanks
2ndhandroseca*
Feb 29, 2008

Sorry 2nd posting
Some of these pronunciations
ARE actually the same in at least 2 instances.
bookwrmKPAus*
Feb 29, 2008

I counted 10. How do you pronounce 'slough'? (uh-oh, did i just start a pronounciation war? )
And what is it? How about 'houghed'?
Whatever. Clever, I guess....
avonmaAus*
Feb 29, 2008

I thought the sentence was great! I knew right away what the connection was - I enjoy interesting information about words. Thanks for posting!
composer*
Feb 29, 2008

Dr. Seuss wrote a book called
The Tough Cough Ploughs the Dough.
I would love to find that book again.
I have found excerpts, but not the book itself. *sigh*
composer*
Feb 29, 2008

Oh, yeah. For pronunciation, see
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/
mondayschild59Aus*
Feb 29, 2008

That was easy. But I loved it anyway. Composer, Amazon.com has several copies of that book for .34. Sounds like a deal.

Great teaser.
Monday~
cheesepieus*
Feb 29, 2008

I'm sorry lol but that was incredibly easy .
jamfreefall
Feb 29, 2008

I will try to do this phonetically -
A ruff-coated, doe-faced, thawtful plowman strode threw the streets of Scarborahh after falling into a slew, he coffed, hocked, and hiccupped.

So we have these sounds -
uff
owe
awe
ou (as in ouch)
ew (as in threw)
ahh
off
ock
up

Which makes the work "slough" redundant to me.
How's that?
craniacAus*
Feb 29, 2008

Much confusion! There are 10 occurrences of the syllable "ough," pronounced 9 different ways:
rough (ruff)
dough (doh)
thought (awt)
plough (ow)
[Scarbo]rough (ruh)
slough (sloo)
cough (off)
hough (huff -- same as rough)
[hic]cough (cup)
Not used was slough as in "slough off this mortal coil" which would also be pronounced (sluff).
Kayla_Darkheart*ua*
Feb 29, 2008

My, such controversy. Can't we all just say it was a good teaser?

I do know where you're coming from, though. My teacher has most of it's teachers from Turkey, and even though I'm Russian*, it's hard to understand them! You ought to hear them say 'potatoes'!

*Our phonetics are similar.
smartymarty***
Feb 29, 2008

It was easy, but it certainly has been thought provoking. Thanks for posting
phyllisa*us*
Mar 01, 2008

How interesting, I would pronounce Scarborough like "borough" like the borough of Manhattan and slough like the Shakespeare quote "sluff". Good teaser, got people talking!!!
MadelulabelleAus*
Mar 01, 2008

I think the "borough" controversy is really an American vs. Brit thing. The Scots I believe pronounce it inbetween 'burrah' and 'boorah' (Edinborough). We American's, however, corrupt it into 'bore-oh' or 'burg'. I am not sure about the British pronunciation, although I think it is basically like the Scot's, but without the brogue.

This of course is just my take on it, I don't claim to be any sort of expert (far from it).

Great teaser!
dogg6pound9Aus*
Mar 01, 2008

i agree with bradon... at least it has sparked active conversation
dsquared*nz*
Mar 03, 2008

In the words of the one and only 'Count' (from Sesame St)... "ze comments, I larv to Count... Ah ah ah ah aaaaa" 'krrrccckkkoowwww' (attempt at thunder/lightning sound). Thanks for pointing out the error that there are actually 10 'oughs'.... dough!! (as Homer would probably spell it). Great discussion about this, the 'through' is redundant as the sound of the ough in it is repeated in slough as it has a 'sloo' sound. I might add if I haven't already, this teaser came across my path and I just had to share it. It isn't an original of mine - I'm not that cloughy (as in slough).
Provlear*
Feb 28, 2009

Canayone explain to me how this could possibly be considered a brain teaser?
ShriyaAin*
Oct 20, 2010

Great teaser! Enjoyed reading it.
gaylewolfAus*
Feb 05, 2012

Learning English as a second language must be terribly confusing for people. So often there is no rhyme or reason to explain the rules for some of our words!

Good luck! Happy Sunday!

Babe*
Feb 05, 2012

The only good thing about this is that it created a lot of conversation.
doeheadAus*
Feb 05, 2012

I thought the teaser was educational. Good job And today I hope the Giants whip coach Belacheat and Tom ( I'll get you pregnant and find a new girl) Jerkhead.
auntiesisAus*
Feb 05, 2012

Fun teaser. Have a great game day Gayle.
phyllisa*us*
Feb 05, 2012

Good teaser, great comments.



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