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Wed 30 Nov, 2011 8:44 pm

DaBoss wrote:same same some spellings as with pronunciations. I think we should get back to Dave Man Club or someone is going to complain that I went and split the topic! Before we do that, it might be interesting if some of you researched and tried to figure out when, where and why our spellings and pronounciations took a different path. Now I shall go off to the restroom and not the water closet!!


we call it a toilet or in the case of a lady such as youreslf daboss its known as the powder room
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Sorry to revive this thread after so long but I want to get an answer to this one that baffles me for so long.
OK, call it Ore-e-gano or Orgeano or call in Alu- min-ium or aluminum they both are spelled and pronounced similarly and I can understand why you say it the way you do, BUT what I cannot understand are these ads on the radio, Pattaya People that when saying a phone number they say "treble two" for 222 rather than triple 2. Now come on guys, there is no freaking B in the word TRIPLE. Why do these announcers keep saying to call blah blah blah... TREBLE two?? Where the hell do they get this freakin B from??!! I am sorry but when I hear these ads on the radio (2 of them) they drive me nuts.
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Mate theres this wonderful invention called The Internet and if you put words into things called Search Engines theyll come up with the answer when I put "treble" in it came up with something called a Web Site for a dictionary that said that treble means "threefold; triple" maybe you should investigate this Web Site and Internet thing yourself http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/treble
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It does not matter what the freakin dictionary said smart ass. You yourself quote the word spelled TRIPLE and there aint no freaking B in triple, so dont get so cocky. Now still waiting for someone else and not a moron to explain why it is pronounced with a B that is not in the word. Tsk tsk! Fighting aa battle with words that you cannot hope to win!
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It is simple.

In British English you can use either treble or triple. It is not a pronunciation issue, treble and triple are regarded as two entirely separate words (although they basically mean the same thing).

They are used in a slightly different form in usage though. For instance, if you were talking about costs you could say either:

"The cost of my holiday this year was treble the cost of my holiday last year" or "The cost of my holiday this year was triple the cost of my holiday last year"

Both are fine in that sentence.

But if you are talking about a an object you would almost alway use "a triple" - for instance a "triple bed room " rather than a "treble bed room", or the "the Triple Crown" rather than "The Treble Crown"

(The Triple Crown is a rugby trophy).
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It is also acceptable (although becoming archaic now) to use "thrice" instead of triple or treble in British English.

So in the above example about the holiday:

"The cost of my holiday this year was thrice the cost of my holiday last year".

But that usage would mark you out as a bit of an old duffer.

Would "thrice" be used at all in the US?
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Thrice is certainly not a common word that we would use in the USA. The word treble was heard when calling out a phone number.
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For goodness sake... Brisbaneguy may be coming across as a dick but he's actually right.

It might just be a slack voice over but there's a good chance you're hearing "treble" because that's the word they mean to use.

From http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/treble

tre·ble   [treb-uhl] Show IPA adjective, noun, verb, -bled, -bling.
adjective
1.threefold; triple.

2.Music .
a.of or pertaining to the highest part in harmonized music; soprano.
b.of the highest pitch or range, as a voice part, voice, singer, or instrument.
c.high in pitch; shrill.


Having said that, the word isn't commonly used for that purpose so f*** knows why anyone competent would use it in an advertisement.
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sweetnesses...the magic of the English language is that there is NO correct pronounciation...all forms are acceptable..thats why it rules the world....unlike the dumb frogs who desperately try to protect the purity of their language the English are complete whores,,,they will steal and use words from any other language..thats why its such a rich language...so get over it..
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Fine it is just I only heard of treble as in music. Never heard it a three. always a first time!
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