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Aibu about how to pronounce loch

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Lime19 Mon 12-Jun-17 20:06:18

Me and dh are having a disagreement about how to pronounce "loch" as in Loch Ness!

He goes all Scottish on that word and it sounds weird. It's like the ch sound in "Bach". He is a quarter Scottish but born and raised in Surrey!

I say it like "lock" because I'm English just like he is! I wouldn't say Paris or chorizo with a foreign accent.

This is light hearted but I'm right aren't I?

Is it "lock" or "loch with the ch bach sound"?

Lime19 Mon 12-Jun-17 20:07:06

If I'm wrong I will NEVER hear the end of this!

Sunnymorningwithbacon Mon 12-Jun-17 20:07:15

It's with the ch sounds. That's why it isn't spelled lock.

beepbeeprichie Mon 12-Jun-17 20:08:03

Yes you're wrong.

JoshLymanJr Mon 12-Jun-17 20:08:04

It's 'loch' with the emphasis on the 'och' sound, not 'lock'.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 12-Jun-17 20:08:07

Lake is English. Loch with a Bach sound is Scottish. He's right.

AlcoholandIrony Mon 12-Jun-17 20:08:33

Would you say Siobhan like See-ob-han then?


dementedpixie Mon 12-Jun-17 20:08:36

You are wrong. There is no 'k"

Lime19 Mon 12-Jun-17 20:08:53

Damn it! blush I hate it when he's right

OlennasWimple Mon 12-Jun-17 20:09:08

He's right, I'm afraid.

Call it Lake Ness if you want to use the English word

AliTheMinx Mon 12-Jun-17 20:09:24

Your husband is right.. Sorry!! X

Lime19 Mon 12-Jun-17 20:11:12

He's so smug right now, sigh

memyselfandaye Mon 12-Jun-17 20:12:40

Fine for the natives to pronounce it correctly but in an English accent it sounds wrong.

Does he say choritho instead of chorizo too?

aaahhhBump Mon 12-Jun-17 20:13:36

Same argument with DH. I'm Scottish he's Irish. They say lock too. But he is so wrong.

Lime19 Mon 12-Jun-17 20:13:42

No he doesn't! It's just loch that he says all Scottish!

PacificDogwod Mon 12-Jun-17 20:14:05


Loch with -ch.
As an aside 'Loch' in German means 'hole', so a Scottish Loch is a hole with water in it grin

Jamhandprints Mon 12-Jun-17 20:14:07

I think you're wrong, it's a scottish word so I'd say it with the scottish sound at the end. And also, I hate it when people say "tortillers", "sheritso" and "jellypeenos". If we don't have a translation then you pronounce it the way it is intended. "Paris" is different, I feel, because major city names do often have an English translation and Paris is the English for that city.

SenecaFalls Mon 12-Jun-17 20:15:26

He's right. I'm American, but went to university in Scotland. I pronounce it in a proper Scottish way. I certainly don't feel pretentious. I can also say Kirkcudbright and Milngavie. tbsmile

Tootsiepops Mon 12-Jun-17 20:16:03

I'm Scottish, husband is English - he says lock and it annoys me no end.

tabulahrasa Mon 12-Jun-17 20:17:03

Lock is just wrong, it's lake or loch...lock is a completely different word.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 12-Jun-17 20:20:13

Besides, it's useful for other languages to have a few sounds we don't use in English thrown in.

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Mon 12-Jun-17 20:22:22

aaahhhBump I'm Irish and I don't say lock.
Norn Irish normally don't go full on Baaccchhhh, but Lough is normally pronounced a little softer than lock.
(although there is an Estate Agent company called Lough and Quay..)

JustCallMeKate Mon 12-Jun-17 20:27:01

It's loch. The only lake I know of in Scotland is the Lake of Menteith. I have absolutely no idea why that's a lake and all the rest are lochs though. DH is Irish and pronounces it loch.

kaytee87 Mon 12-Jun-17 20:28:19

Of course you're wrong. I hate people pronouncing it lock.

Sunshinesuperman Mon 12-Jun-17 20:28:40

I was going to add my two pennies worth but you know the answer by now 😉

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