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    boot

    Tell your friends what you like a boot them.

    What does `boot' here mean?

    Could anyone explain it?

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    Re: boot

    'a boot' means about. Eastern Canadians pronounce 'ou' in about 'oo'. (I've never seen it spelled that way though. Hmm. Interesting...

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    Re: boot



    I knew Cas would be the first to translate that Canadian-ism!

    I live just across the river from Windsor, Ontario, and I'm used to hearing either "a boot" or "a boat" as a variation of "about."

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    Re: boot

    Easteners! (I say ab[au]t, not ab[u]t)

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    Re: boot

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post

    I knew Cas would be the first to translate that Canadian-ism!
    I live just across the river from Windsor, Ontario, and I'm used to hearing either "a boot" or "a boat" as a variation of "about."
    Not just Canadian. Some Scots are famed for saying (though I've never heard it) 'There's a mouse loose about this house' with four /u/ sounds (although I bow to the greater wisdom of our Caledonian correspondent on this point. )

    b

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