Manoeuvrement & Other Changes to the Language

One to see when next in London. A new exhibition at the British Library (5mins from Euston) charts the evolution of the English language. Apparently young people now say ‘haitch’ not ‘aitch’, say the Beeb. The Victorians pronounced hospital and herb as ‘ospital and ‘erb. Things move on.

There will be a list of words with multiple pronunciation options: garage, mischievous, schedule, harass. Visitors will be asked to read and record the opening paragraphs to Mr Tickle to track vowel sounds.

After last night’s Apprentice, we can add ‘manoeurvrement’ to the new list.


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