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

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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.

LauraShigihara Tue 14-May-13 15:03:06

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.

LauraShigihara Tue 14-May-13 15:06:00

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

TheSurgeonsMate Tue 14-May-13 17:06:08

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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