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Thread: Bun in the oven

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    #11

    Re: Bun in the oven

    I've got it right too.

    But it sounds somewhat humorous. Is it really okay to use such kind of idiom?

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    #12

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    I missed it!

    I have not even thought of the second variant (pregnant) because it says pregant. Nevertheless, it is a nice idiom. I suppose it is used in humorous way!




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    #13

    Re: Bun in the oven

    Afterthought.

    The UE definition is 'If a woman has a bun in the oven, she is pregnant'. But one of the other possibilities is also a euphemism for 'pregnant'. So if you said 'in trouble' Mad-ox, you were right.

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    #14

    Re: Bun in the oven

    This is a kind of funny and cute way to say some girl or woman is pregnant.


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    In my experience, this idiom is usually used in a manner that's slightly derogatory rather than funny or humorous. Any opinions?

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    #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by I'm With Stupid View Post
    "Up the duff" is in some way linked to that phrase too. Don't ask me how. Something to do with duff pudding, which I've never even heard of.
    This shows the way 'dough' is linked to the pronunciations for 'rough' and 'tough'. I don't know the details of the link, but I know there is one. It might have something to do with the Great Vowel Shift, though I doubt it.... More likely, it's just one of the accidents of standardization, when different dialectal pronunciations were fixed in one standard spelling - leading, in the case of 'ough', to numerous phonological possibilities. (In fact, there are so many that it's impossible to say which one is the rule and which the exception.)

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    #17

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    PS Somewhere I've got the basis of a Happy Families card game based on the many* 'ough' pronunciations (1 fewer in American English, which puts 'thorough' in the same family as 'dough'). If any teacher's interested, I can look it out later today.

    * cough, tough, though, through, thorough, bough, bought ... any more?

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    #18

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    enough, although...

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    #19

    Re: Bun in the oven

    I was talking about 'families':

    /ɑf/ - cough, (lough - an Irish lake - also has the /ɑ/ sound)
    /ʌf/ - tough, rough, enough, chough (a bird)
    /ǝʊ/ - though, although, dough
    /u:/ - through
    /ǝ/ - thorough, borough
    /aʊ/ - bough, slough, drought, plough
    /ɔ:/ - thought, bought, ought, nought, sought

    (I just didn't have time this morning to go through them all. )

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    Last edited by BobK; 15-May-2010 at 13:27. Reason: fix typo

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    #20

    Re: Bun in the oven

    Here it is.

    Cut into 32 cards, to make 8 families: bough/plough/bow/thou dough/doe/so/sew through/threw/zoo/sue bow/tow/so/though tough/enough/cuff/rough cough/trough/off/toffee borough/thorough/utter/colour court/sort/caught/thought. You might want to blow them up a bit, and laminate them.
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