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Fire in the morning/Spelling arrgh

Yesterday, walking down Euston Road, I was surprised to see a man juggling fire, even though it was morning. I'm not sure why fire-juggling does not strike me as a morning activity. It seems a thing of afternoons or evenings.


C. has a question for you: how does one differentiate between pirate and zombie "arr"s?

I postulate that zombie ones have more "gh"s in them.


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Jan. 4th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
yes zombies have more "gh"s

Jan. 4th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
I always hear the pirate "arrrr" with a rolled r at the front of the mouth. The zombie one would be more gurgly, in the back of the throat, or what's left of it; I doubt zombies have a lot of dexterity in their tongue tips.
Jan. 4th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Also, I think they have different intonation: a zombie arr is monotonous while a pirate arr is more definitive: "aaaarrgh... brains..." vs "arr! Jim, lad!"
Jan. 4th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
I imagine the flames would show up better when it's dark out.
Jan. 4th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
I remember fondly the one daytime fireworks display I ever attended, because the fireworks were entirely visible, disproving my assumption that it wouldn't work well. It was mid-winter, so the sun wasn't particularly high, but it was still very much daytime then.

So yes, it would stand out more at night - but I noticed the juggler from a good half-a-block away, so it was still distinctive enough to catch my eye during the daytime from a distance.
Jan. 4th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
I always thought of zombie aaaarghs as being more moan-like; with just a hint of an m-sound at the beginning.
Jan. 4th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
If the Arr can be followed by maniacal laughter it is a pirate Arr, if not it is more suitable for a zombie.
Bill Olander
Jan. 5th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
Don't ask me, my pirate accent regularly shifts irish. Now I need treasure maps to find my lucky charms.
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