Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thursday's Question

 



We are getting very close to the end of the month. And that brings us to the holiday known as Halloween. How do you say it?

1)Is it Hollow, pronounced HAH-loh (like the o in hot)=The owl sits in the hollow tree?


2)Or do you say Hallow, pronounced Ha-loh (like the a in hat)=All Hallow's Eve?

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  1. I recall the first pronunciation from my childhood, but long ago switched to the second.

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  2. I actually had to say it out loud a few times to see which way and then practice my phonics. I say it #1. We haven't had any trick or treaters for the last 2 years where we lived and now in a "gated" community I doubt we'll have any either. Kind of miss handing out candy.

    betty

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    1. We don't have many kids here either Betty!

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  3. #2--like the word allow with an h in front of it.

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  4. Good question! I always pronounce it the first way your presented, but it's probably supposed to be pronounced the 2nd way. We just get lazy with our pronunciations...
    I bet you have fun with your kids at Halloween. Me? I turn out the lights and pretend not to be home! :)
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. We don't do much here either. I turn off the lights too! The kids are usually out with friends or at a church party. We don't have any trick or treaters here.

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  5. #2 over here!
    Isn't it interesting how ordinary words take on different sounds depending on in what part of the country you happen to live?

    PS - Happy birthday blessings to Justin!

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    1. Thanks Myra. And yes, it is interesting. I am having fun posting these questions!!

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  6. I say H(o)lloween and All H(a)llows Eve.

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  7. #2, but interestingly, it's not a word I say much. No kids on our street and it's too dark for trick-or-treaters.

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    1. I haven't said it much the past couple years either. Sadly the kids are outgrowing all the fun surrounding Halloween!

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  8. #1. I guess that must be my California accent. Interesting how we all have just that small difference that tells people where we're from.

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    1. I'm thinking it is a regional pronunciation! We say #2 here!

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  9. So, I've been thinking about this and wondered what Siri says. I asked what holiday is October 31 and she said it like "allow".

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    1. It must be right if that is what Siri says. LOL!!

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