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

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KellyElly · 14/05/2013 14:22

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!

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TobyLerone · 14/05/2013 14:22

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

MrsTerryPratchett · 14/05/2013 14:23

Because people aren't very good at spelling?

plainjaney · 14/05/2013 14:24

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

NoelHeadbands · 14/05/2013 14:25

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

I'm ashamed.

Tee2072 · 14/05/2013 14:25

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

MardyBra · 14/05/2013 14:25

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

Binkyridesagain · 14/05/2013 14:25

I don't know. Shit innit?

KellyElly · 14/05/2013 14:25

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

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yoshipoppet · 14/05/2013 14:26

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 · 14/05/2013 14:27

MardyBra [grins] Ahh I missed that one!

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wankerchief · 14/05/2013 14:27

Pooh and Aunt flow really get my goat.

TheSurgeonsMate · 14/05/2013 14:27

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 · 14/05/2013 14:29

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

ShadeofViolet · 14/05/2013 14:29

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

KellyElly · 14/05/2013 14:30

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.

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FunnysInLaJardin · 14/05/2013 14:32

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

yoshipoppet · 14/05/2013 14:32

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

SPsCliffingAllOverMN · 14/05/2013 14:35

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

ShatnersBassoon · 14/05/2013 14:36

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 · 14/05/2013 14:50

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

OHforDUCKScake · 14/05/2013 14:56

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

OHforDUCKScake · 14/05/2013 14:56

NO! Its yoghurt! Surely?!!

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

TobyLerone · 14/05/2013 14:57

Yoghurt annoys me too. IT'S YOGURT!

NoelHeadbands · 14/05/2013 14:57

Yoghurt definitely has an h in it.

Sometimes two, on my shopping lists

ShatnersBassoon · 14/05/2013 14:59

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.

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