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The Bristol L

January 30, 2019

I am in Bristol today, teaching a training course, and enjoying the colourful, characterful Bristolian dialect. One of the learners on the course has just been telling me about the ‘Bristol L’that is, the Bristol habit of adding the /l/ sound between or after vowels. Drawing becomes drawling; an idea is an ideal; a banana a bananal.

Thus one could say: “I’ve had an ideal – I’ll buy a bananal in Asdal”.

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  1. John Dunn permalink

    And that presumably is how Bristow became Bristol.

  2. Simon Carter permalink

    Off topic but on University Challenge this week one of the answers was “mondegreen” – no one got it. Obviously not fans of this blog!

  3. Oh, the ignoramuses!

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