Like much of the Midwest, Chicago has a very flat accent. Visitors I’ve spoken to seem to be most startled that we mistreat our vowel sounds so badly. At any rate, when I’ve pointed out that we have only one vowel, “uh,” most of the time, I’m told that explains what my visitor has been hearing.
Using vowels more distinctly can be part of defending words. For example, what about the dermatologists who don’t like the condition of the openings in their patients’ skin? How do they explain clearly about poor pores?
But that’s rare compared to the words we need to defend in the next few weeks : boor and bore. To explain them impartially, or at least apolitically, a boor is a fool or ill-mannered person; a bore does not cause any interest (is boring).
Remember, those definitions aren’t exclusive, so it is possible to be both a boor and a bore. It just has more impact if you watch out for pronouncing them correctly: boor sounds like one who does not cheer, a boo-er, but as only one syllable; bore can properly be said as you’re accustomed to saying it.
Now that you’re ready for more conversation, I’ll say goodbye until next time.
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