Interested in Language
Could you shed some light on this?
He has resigned in a row about fact A and over fact B.
to me, 'in a row' means 'in a series without interruption'. I can't understand its usage in the blue sentence. Does it mean he resigned twice?
I'd find it a bit odd to have...
He has resigned in a series without interruption about fact A and over fact B.
so it means he resigned under not-so-friendly terms?
Why is 'row' pronounced like 'cow' in this case?
row (3) "noisy commotion," 1746, Cambridge University slang, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to rousel "drinking bout" (1602), a shortened form of carousal. Klein suggests a back-formation from rouse (n.), mistaken as a plural (cf. pea from pease).
so you are saying that when "a row" is an argument, an altercation, it's pronounced as "cow" ?? For all the rest, it's pronounced as 'row' itself.
Yes that's correct:
He had a row with his wife (he had an argument with his wife) = row as in cow
They had a real row in the pub = row as in cow
I sat in row number thirteen at the show = row as in snow
I taught my son to row the boat = row as in snow
Do they pronounce 'row' as 'cow' (in this specific case) on the other side of the pond too?
I know, I was just surprised by this difference, 'ow' pronounced differently in the same word.