To wonder why so many people spell poo as pooh on MN

(56 Posts)
KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 14:22:08

Is it a joke I have missed? Is it now an alternative spelling to poo? To me 'poo' is what comes out of your bum and 'pooh' is a bear called Winnie grin. Someone enlighten me please!

ShatnersBassoon Tue 14-May-13 14:59:12

Well I never knew that. I really never knew that pooh meant defecation. I wonder if it dropped out of popular use before Winnie the Pooh was written.

Poo and yoghurt in the same thread makes me feel a bit sick.

My favourite recent mis-spelling was someone describing how unfair life is and said 'It's a doggy dog world'

Brilliant grin

magimedi Tue 14-May-13 15:03:35

i am old - and I've always spelt it 'pooh'. Have seen 'poo' creeping in in the last 10-15 years or so.

But I usually have a crap or smell shit.

magimedi Tue 14-May-13 15:04:05

Rather than use the poo/h word. I've always thought it was for children.

It bloody spelled yogurt too - I can't believe it. All these years I've been spelling it wrong...

valiumredhead Tue 14-May-13 15:08:39

Tesco's products spell it YOGURT.

I prefer the correct spelling wink

KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 15:43:55

Isn't yoghurt the English spelling and yogurt the US spelling?

KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 15:45:51

Back to the good old Oxford Dictionary Yogurt can also be spelled yoghurt or yoghourt: all three are correct.

KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 15:46:16

You can tell I'm just snowed under at work today grin

Dawndonna Tue 14-May-13 15:55:33

Those of us who are a tad older were taught pooh and yoghurt.

LilacBreastedRoller Tue 14-May-13 15:55:36

I was always taught 'pooh' and regarded 'poo' as newfangled.

The full OED online lists 'pooh' as a noun meaning 'Excrement, faeces', noting 'Now usu. in form poo'. 'Poo' is not listed separately for this meaning. So they are acknowledging that a change of spelling has become predominant, but the OED is very much anchored in 'pooh'.

GibberTheMonkey Tue 14-May-13 16:06:36

Always thought it was poo=shit
Pooh=disgust Pooh=bear of very little brain

And it's definitely yogHurt

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 14-May-13 16:23:48

yoghurt here too.

am reeling at the thought of yoghurty pooh

alienbanana Tue 14-May-13 16:26:51

I think some people consider 'poo' to be vulgar, and spell it 'pooh' because they think its nicer and fluffier. Or something.

Its poo!

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 14-May-13 16:46:09

Oh god, yes. It drives me nuts. Grrrr.

waikikamookau Tue 14-May-13 16:48:23

I THOUGHT Poo was an Americanism

I write pooh, tis correct. so there

and yoghurt

waikikamookau Tue 14-May-13 16:49:07

but I am not a tad older, at all <<sulks>>

MsJupiterJones Tue 14-May-13 16:56:56

I thought pooh was the Americanism and poo was the English spelling (to differentiate from Pooh, innit).

There is clearly some confusion here beyond any of our wildest dreams.

I am right though wink

waikikamookau Tue 14-May-13 17:00:05

but winnie the pooh was written before American was discovered wink

and he is winnie the pooh because he is the colour of pooh

Really? He's actually Winnie the Poo? Who knew?

"its a doggy dog world" grin

that is brilliant! i may have to start saying that instead

ShatnersBassoon Tue 14-May-13 17:11:36

You need a Tupperware and Gillian McKeith if your poo is the same colour as Winnie. He's a bit 'newborn nappy'.

GibberTheMonkey Tue 14-May-13 17:14:48

He's not the colour of poo(h). He was a goldenish colour, Christopher Robin's (Christopher Milne's) bear is still around.
Unless of course your poo(h)s are an odd colour

waikikamookau Tue 14-May-13 17:16:35

have googled and it seems I am wrong blush tis poo, pooh apparently is childish.

however whenever I google poo it automatically replaces it with poop. where did that come from confused

GibberTheMonkey Tue 14-May-13 17:16:37

He was called Pooh because he had to blow flies off his nose because his arms wouldn't bend
People need to read more

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