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  1. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I wonder if "tsk tsk" - made at the front of the mouth - would work with horses? I don't have a horse handy to check.
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I was thinking of that one too. Andy Capp's wife Flo always spelled it "Tch".

    It's a sound of derision, so a horse might take umbrage with its tone.
     
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  5. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 71 years old Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps calling out to the horse

    "Do you know what glue is made of?"

    would work???
     
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  7. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 71 years old Valued Senior Member

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    oubliette

    noun
    1. a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling.
    Definition from Oxford Languages
     
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    NEW DEFINITION

    Secure area

    It was a secure area guarded by the the enemies we have been trying to kill for 20 years

    How could this happen? It was a secure area

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  10. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    From the French oublier, meaning "to forget". You don't even need to throw the key away if you forget where you put the prisoner.

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  11. Beaconator Valued Senior Member

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    I think mr Burns has one of those
     
  12. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    I use it for the dog
     
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    Plow:
    1. A large tool used in farming for cutting, lifting, turning over, and breaking up soil.
    2. A tool resembling this, as a large shovel used to clear away snow from a road or track.
     
  16. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    In English everywhere except N America, this is spelt "plough".
     
  17. Twelve Registered Senior Member

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    Thanks for your note. So, it's "plough" except in the US. It's "plow" only in American English, isn't it?
     
  18. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    I don't know about Canada, which is why I said N America.

    There are some Canadians here. Maybe one of them will comment.
     
  19. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Both look acceptable from up here.

    (Now, that is just as likely because we see so much American content anyway. As they say, America sneezes, Canada catches a cold.)
     
  20. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    There is a Sean o'Casey play called "The Plough and the Stars" which I see is spelled either way .

    I assume that means it was a hit in the US as well as in Ireland.

    Actually ,I like "plow" ,it feels more descriptive to me.
     
  21. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    I’m taught p-l-o-u-g-h
    Shall be pronouncé “plow.”
    “Zat’s easy w’en you know,” I say,
    “Mon Anglais, I’ll get through!”

    My teacher say zat in zat case,
    O-u-g-h is “oo.”
    And zen I laugh and say to him,
    “Zees Anglais make me cough.”

    He say, “Not ‘coo,’ but in zat word,
    O-u-g-h is ‘off.'”
    Oh, Sacre bleu! Such varied sounds
    Of words makes me hiccough!

    He say, “Again mon frien’ ees wrong;
    O-u-g-h is ‘up’
    In hiccough.” Zen I cry, “No more,
    You make my t’roat feel rough.”

    “Non, non!” he cry, “you are not right;
    O-u-g-h is ‘uff.'”
    I say, “I try to spik your words,
    I cannot spik zem though.”

    “In time you’ll learn, but now you’re wrong!
    O-u-g-h is ‘owe.'”
    “I’ll try no more, I s’all go mad,
    I’ll drown me in ze lough!”

    “But ere you drown yourself,” said he,
    “O-u-g-h is ‘ock.'”
    He taught no more, I held him fast,
    And killed him wiz a rough!
     
  22. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    It makes me think it should be pronounced to rhyme with so.
     
  23. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Yes but look at the "w".Obviously meant for digging out the soil -like the prow (see what I did there?) of a boat dipping into the waves.

    Edit: puzzling over your "casement artefacts" over on TSF

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