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Mar. 9th, 2006 | 08:48 pm
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I'm having a bit of an argument with Mr. MSilverstar about the pronunciation of "dross".

Poll #688128 how do you pronounce dross?

How do you pronounce "dross"?

rhymes with "ross"
60(95.2%)
rhymes with "gross"
3(4.8%)
some other way I'll explain in comments
0(0.0%)

and of course:

ticky box!
17(32.7%)
tickety!
3(5.8%)
ticky-too!
8(15.4%)
teenboy thinks we're nuts!
9(17.3%)


ETA: have you heard other people say it or just read it in books?

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dizzy!

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from: dizzydame
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
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I have no idea how to pronounce it... *blinks* ... what's it mean?

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
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It means the stuff left over after you take out the good bits (from metalworking, according to wikipedia)

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from: ex_absolutef238
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
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p.s. i looked up dross and according to yahoo dictionary it rhymes with ross.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
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That's what I said!

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cookie i think you're TAME

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from: cupiscent
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
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I looked it up in my Merriam-Webster, and it says rhyming with ross (actually it says the same vowel sound as in "dropsy", which was the word above it).

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
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Thank you! (Is Merriam-Webster right for Strine though? Or are they the US pronunciations?)

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We're screwed. With our pants on.

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from: chevauchee
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
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http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?s=dross&gwp=13

It has sound!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
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heh

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Anonymity as a Refuge

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from: mirabile_dictu
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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Best question I've been asked all day.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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That bad, eh? *hugs you*

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from: pir8fancier
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
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Avi, is he high? For it to be pronounced as in "gross" it would have to have an "e" on the end.

And it is NOT spelled "drosse"

Think of grope. hose. nose.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
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Nah, I think he just read it and never heard it!

It's true that grosse used to have an "e" at the end. Maybe dross did too.

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from: 0nlymemories
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
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I've heard more than one person say it, from a number of different parts of the country, and I've only ever heard it rhyme with 'ross'.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
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Me too. But he didn't believe me!

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blink back to let me know

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from: bunniewabbit
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
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I learned it as rhyming with "ross" and it appears that the dictionary agrees with me. :D

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
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yay!

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m is not here

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from: mrkinch
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)
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I rhyme it with "ross" and I have heard it, but only in sermons in my Methodist youth. Whatever context did it arise in?

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
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Mr. M. was talking about the mess in the living room!

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The post-apocalypse Karl Lagerfeld

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from: lazlet
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
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Rhymes with Ross. Definitely. I love that word! It is also a particular favourite of my mother's. ;)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
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OKAY!

It's a useful word for all the miscellaneous junk that accumulates, especially if you have a little kid.

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[will fuck for sex]

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from: anatsuno
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
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i never heard it said but i thought/knew it was the 'ross' kind of sound.

i was wrong about awry though. *cry*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
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*pets and snuggles you*

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from: jubilancy
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Ross, in 3 different countries that I know.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
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Excellent, yet more content.

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Brilliant...but not Gifted

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from: iolanthe_rosa
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I actually use the word "dross" conversationally sometimes. Just to impress people, dontcha know.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
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It's a useful word!

(You have a Kipper icon! Our girls would like each other, I'm sure they would)

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Kris

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from: ribby
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Definitely rhymes with "ross"--and such a wonderful word! I don't get to use it as often as I'd like... but every once in a while, especially at work, it comes up in conversation. *grin*

~Kris

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
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Gee, I bet everyone's work had a fair amount of.... dross!

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Celia

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from: celiaka
date: Mar. 10th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
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I just heard someone use dross on the radio. Heh. It was pronounced to rhyme with Ross. But then it was Radio 4.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Mar. 11th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
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Is Radio 4 the less-snooty one? Do they not use RP there? I listen to the World Service and have been enjoying the wide variety of accents they have had on lately.

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