Tuesday 26 March 2013


My favourite snippet of conversation this week was what our drummer said when we corrected his pronunciation of the word for somebody who plays the flute. I present it here using the IPA pronunciation symbols. He's confident, concise, and he seems to reject the whole system of recieved pronunciation:

əʊfʌkɒf. lu:tenənt. leftenənt. ɪts fʌkɪŋ flu:tɪst.

However some people agree with how I say it. The Flight Of The Conchords use the word in a rhyme in their song "Inner City Pressure" (a song and style which the Pet Shop Boys ripped off for their entire career):

Inner city
Inner city pressure (pressure)
So you think maybe you'll be a prostitute
Just to pay for your lessons and you're learning the flute
Ladies wouldn't pay you very much for this
Looks like you'll never be a concert flautist

Richard "RP" B

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