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!

TobyLerone Tue 14-May-13 14:22:36

I don't know, but I wish they wouldn't. It's annoying.

Because people aren't very good at spelling?

plainjaney Tue 14-May-13 14:24:05

I confess it bothers me to see Winnie The Pooh addressed as 'Winnie the Poo'. Makes me think of a bear shaped turd.

NoelHeadbands Tue 14-May-13 14:25:14

Haha the only time I've ever corrected someone's spelling on MN, was the poo/pooh thing.

I'm ashamed.

Tee2072 Tue 14-May-13 14:25:21

Because they think bears who like honey come out of their children's bottoms?

MardyBra Tue 14-May-13 14:25:24

There was also a thread recently where posters kept talking about a stag doo. confused

I don't know. Shit innit?

KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 14:25:48

Because people aren't very good at spelling? long complicated words I can understand, but a three letter word??

yoshipoppet Tue 14-May-13 14:26:25

Having just consulted the enormous dictionary that hides behind my desk, pooh is the correct spelling. Poo does not appear in the dictionary (unless one of the cats mistakes it for the litter tray of course).

KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 14:27:05

MardyBra [grins] Ahh I missed that one!

wankerchief Tue 14-May-13 14:27:21

Pooh and Aunt flow really get my goat.

Although I too find it odd, I think the answer is simply that some people spell it this way. I have a childcare book that uses this spelling.

missrlr Tue 14-May-13 14:29:47

Poo = faeces
pooh = disbelieving e.g. I pooh pooh that idea (and of course the proper noun for the Bear who likes honey)

ShadeofViolet Tue 14-May-13 14:29:48

Its a posh was of saying pooh - like lavatory instead of loo.

KellyElly Tue 14-May-13 14:30:05

This is from the Oxford dictionary yoshipoppet. I can't believe I am now questioning my own knowledge of the spelling of poo grin

Definition of pooh

1used to express disgust at an unpleasant smell: she would hold her nose and shout ‘Pooh!’

2used to express impatience or contempt:Oh pooh! Don’t be such a spoilsport

[mass noun]

(usually poo) excrement: mind the dog pooh
[in singular] an act of defecating.

[no object]

(usually poo) defecate.

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 14-May-13 14:32:28

I always thought the correct spelling was pooh and that poo was an abreviated form

yoshipoppet Tue 14-May-13 14:32:31

Ah, you have gone upmarket and have the Oxford dictionary smile
I only have the Collins one. So it's bound to be a bit crap.

I thought shit was easier then deciding which poo/pooh to use

ShatnersBassoon Tue 14-May-13 14:36:22

I don't know. I wonder if people think it's less crass than poo, but it's just silly really. Like poop. It's childish and silly.

valiumredhead Tue 14-May-13 14:50:27

I think it used to be pooh and no it's poo. Like it used to be yoghurt and now it's yogurt.

OHforDUCKScake Tue 14-May-13 14:56:07

I always thought pooh was the correct spelling too, but poo was the pointless abreviation.

OHforDUCKScake Tue 14-May-13 14:56:43

NO! Its yoghurt! Surely?!!

Next we'll be spelling it color, or socialize.

TobyLerone Tue 14-May-13 14:57:36

Yoghurt annoys me too. IT'S YOGURT!

NoelHeadbands Tue 14-May-13 14:57:44

Yoghurt definitely has an h in it.

Sometimes two, on my shopping lists

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

InlovewithDavidTennant grin

I laugh every time I think of it.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 14-May-13 17:26:33

People need to distinguish counsellors from councillors, too.....

Vey much different things

And window sill as a cill

What is a cill anyway? Is it a thing?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 14-May-13 17:30:31

It's also doughnut, not donut

Lioninthesun Tue 14-May-13 17:31:42

Pooh is right though, isn't it? confused
Pooh sticks made me feel queasy as a kid wink I never understood where the childish 'poo' crept in, it's the spelling you see on loo walls in rough primary schools grin

OnTheNingNangNong Tue 14-May-13 17:44:49

I cannot imagine Winnie the Pooh being called Winnie the Shit/crap . hmm

It sounds wrong so a shit is a poo.

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