Monday, January 16, 2006

Dont Lerk Now

In about 1960 our school acquired a teacher from somewhere up north who’s name was Waddington. The words look, cook, book etc, he pronounced , luke, cuke, buke etc, much to our amusement. We pronounced such words as they should be pronounced, as the BBC before it became politically correct pronounced them.
Today look, cook book etc seem to be generally pronounced , lerk, cirk and birk.
There has been a movement in my life time from the primitive luke , through the sensible look to the estuary English lerk.
Does this have any more significance than fashion? I suspect that it does.
I cant believe that somebody who ‘lukes at the buke’ can be experiencing the same event as somebody who ‘lerks at the birk’.

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