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    Question Is Durham a special place for speech therapists?

    I can't figure out the meaning of "the speech therapists in Durham"
    in the following sentence on the BBC website.
    Is that a kind of metaphor, or is there any famouse speech therapists'
    office or college in Durham?

    "So successful have toymakers been in creating a girl's world painted purely pink, that a study by speech therapists in Durham shows children having no problem identifying the colour blue, but saying "Barbie" when shown pink."

    BBC NEWS | Magazine | Should we not dress girls in pink?

    Your help will be appreciated.

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    Re: Is Durham a special place for speech therapists?

    Quote Originally Posted by chebu View Post
    I can't figure out the meaning of "the speech therapists in Durham"
    in the following sentence on the BBC website.
    Is that a kind of metaphor, or is there any famouse speech therapists'
    office or college in Durham?

    "So successful have toymakers been in creating a girl's world painted purely pink, that a study by speech therapists in Durham shows children having no problem identifying the colour blue, but saying "Barbie" when shown pink."

    BBC NEWS | Magazine | Should we not dress girls in pink?

    Your help will be appreciated.

    There's nothing in that quote that suggests Durham is a particular mecca for speech therapists; 'speech therapists in Durham' just says where they're from (and probably identifies the source of some academic report). There may be a famous centre there; but the phrase isn't idiomatic and has no metaphorical force (to the knowledge of this layman).

    b

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