How do you pronounce "slough of despond"

(22 Posts)
VenetiaLanyon Sun 23-Jun-13 09:00:37

I was wondering about a ditch being somewhere where "sluffed/ sloffed" off things end up?

edam Sat 22-Jun-13 21:14:07

grin at Slough the town's name being 'swamp'. It certainly gives that impression...

Venetia, that was my point slough as in to slough something off is pron. sluff, whereas slough of despond sounds just like the town.

StuffezLaYoni Sat 22-Jun-13 20:52:06
AnnoyingOrange Sat 22-Jun-13 19:01:34

Like the town

VenetiaLanyon Sat 22-Jun-13 18:43:21

DH also went for "sloff"......it seems to mean ditch, which Google thinks you pronounce "sloo", for added complications....

happyherdwick Sat 22-Jun-13 15:57:39

Only yesterday I had to look this up as I was reading an American article which talked about 'sluffing off' and I really didn't think that could be right! I was proved wrong, the second slough described can also be spelt like that !

MarjorieAntrobus Sat 22-Jun-13 15:39:36

Two different words with different origins.

This is the definition of slough pronounced like the town - it means swamp

This is the definition of slough pronounced sluff - it means to shed and can also be used as a noun meaning the stuff that is shed

The slough of despond refers to a swamp (in Pilgrim's Progress) so it is pronounced like the town.

Here ends the lesson! grin

burberryqueen Sat 22-Jun-13 11:45:47

no it is slough as in the town surely?

VenetiaLanyon Sat 22-Jun-13 11:42:04

So Edam, do you think it's pronounced "sluff"?

edam Sat 22-Jun-13 11:03:01

(Don't visit the town without a jolly good reason, though, it's not a tourist destination.)

edam Sat 22-Jun-13 11:02:35

Because if you slough something off, it's sluff, but if you visit the town, its Slough. Confusing.

VenetiaLanyon Sat 22-Jun-13 11:01:04

Hmm, I'm clearly in a minority, but wonder where I got this from, as for some reason I think it's supposed to be different from the town...

As in Come friendly bombs..

AcrylicPlexiglass Sat 22-Jun-13 10:10:48

I say pluff as a not very funny joke too... [tragic]

MirandaWest Sat 22-Jun-13 09:32:31

I say it like the town

JoyMachine Sat 22-Jun-13 09:31:09

I would pronounce like the town, to rhyme with plough.

MarjorieAntrobus Sat 22-Jun-13 09:23:03

Like the town, as Mrs Miniver and others said.

AcrylicPlexiglass Sat 22-Jun-13 09:19:13

It is officially pronounced like the town but I always say sluff as a not very funny joke.

StuffezLaYoni Sat 22-Jun-13 09:18:43

Agree with mrsminever.

I pronounce it as I would the town in Berkshire.

BestIsWest Sat 22-Jun-13 09:09:25

I've always wondered too. In my head I pronounce it 'sluff'.

VenetiaLanyon Sat 22-Jun-13 09:08:10

I have always pronounced slough to rhyme with cough, rather than like the town; is that right?

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