Diction is worth defending, too: boors vs. bores

Diction is worth defending, too: boors vs. bores
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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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  • But what about Terry Boers?* **

    *Sports radio personality, not saying anything, presumably from throat surgery.
    **Once called Larry Horse.

  • In reply to jack:

    Mr. Boers and his family may pronounce their name as they see fit, just like the rest of us.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Which brings up the later discussion on The Quark on Froederich Fronkensteen.

    Also reminds me of when we went to a bridal shower hosted by our next door neighbor, and it became obvious for the first time, during the gift raffle, that we had mispronounced their name and they had mispronounced ours. Probably, because neither name was of English origin.

    That also gets us to Anthony Weiner mispronouncing his name, if one assumed the German origin, but he did so in a way that focuses on his main peccadillo.

  • Or Coors and cores?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Coors is pronounced M-o-l-s-o-n.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Hmm. I think I've heard Midwestern announcers refer to Cores beer (from the sound of it). I guess they're lucky they don't talk about what's in the core of a Coors.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Supposedly Rocky Mountain water from places like Virginia, Milwaukee, and Montreal.

    Speaking of diction, have you notoced that some of their brands, such as Blue Moon and Leinenkugel's are no longer advertised as "craft"? No more pretense of "Artfully Crafted" or "Jake and John Leinenkugel in Chippewa Falls."

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